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City to Hold Open House for Climate Action Plan

Nov 7, 2016

Credit cityofrochester.gov

The city of Rochester is preparing to release its final Climate Action Plan in 2017.

The plan is based on the city's commitment to address climate change by reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

An open house is scheduled Wednesday evening at City Hall. Residents can learn more about the action plan and offer feedback.

Sue Hughes-Smith of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition says there is a growing awareness of the changes in our climate.

"Rainfall is becoming less predictable; we're getting too much of it in some times and not enough of it in others, like this summer when we had a drought for an extended period of time."

Hughes-Smith said while Rochester's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020 is in line with other cities, her organization would like to see an even more ambitious plan.

“The scientific data tells us we need to do even better than that. We hope that if the plan gets adopted and the city starts to move down that road, we'll be able to accelerate those changes."

Wednesday's Climate Action Plan open house at Rochester City Hall will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.