Proposed FNSB Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
The FNSB Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) is about preparing for and mitigating climate change to protect the health, safety, and well-being of borough residents. The plan will focus on borough operations, including FNSB facilities, policies, and practices.
Within the FNSB, there are 457 employees and approximately 110 temporary employees. The Borough owns over 90 major buildings totaling approximately 3.2 million square feet. Approximately 2.4 million square feet are operated by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the remaining 780 thousand square feet are operated by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Additionally, the Borough has over 150 other facilities such as parks, sporting fields, cabins, playgrounds, recreation areas, and the Tanana River Levee.
The CAAP will focus primarily on borough-managed infrastructure but will hopefully act as a catalyst to spur and support additional grassroots community-wide action on climate change.
The CAAP will include goals and strategies to:
1. Reduce the borough’s contributions to climate change by lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and
2. Adapt borough operations to better prepare for climate change effects.
In other words, the CAAP is focused on making borough operations more sustainable and resilient in the face of a changing climate.
How to participate in the development of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Attend a Climate Action Committee meeting, held at the Mona Lisa Drexler Assembly Chambers and on Zoom.
- Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. (Agenda, Zoom Meeting)
- Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Monday, October 17, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Attend an upcoming event:
- Open House
- Saturday, May 14, 2022
- 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the JP Jones Center
- 2400 Rickert St.
- Presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
History of the Assembly Climate Action Committee
The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) has had a noticeable change in warming temperatures, heavier summer rains, shorter snow seasons and increasing rain on snow in winter. The increase in weather changes has continued to pose a risk to FNSB residents. As a result, the FNSB established the Joint Climate Change Task Force (JCCTF) through Resolution No. 2019-29 which was adopted July 25, 2019. The purpose of the JCCTF was to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for the FNSB and had 17 members of government staff, military, and community members. General funding was the responsibility of the JCCTF through grant applications, but funding was not established.
Through Ordinance No. 2020-20-1R, which was adopted April 8, 2021, the resolution establishing the JCCTF was rescinded, and the Assembly Climate Action Committee (ACAC) was created. The ACAC has the same responsibility of developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan as the JCCTF but with an established temporary multi-year budget of $79,700 and with a smaller member count of six, with one assembly member, five members of the public and the mayor. The ACAC is guiding the development of the CAAP with support from a contracted consultant planning team.
• Resolution establishing the JCCTF: Resolution No. 2019-29 (fnsb.gov)
• Ordinance rescinding the JCCTF and establishing the ACAC: Ordinance No. 2020-20-1R (fnsb.gov)
• Committees of the Assembly, including the ACAC: https://www.fnsb.gov/938/Committees-of-the-Assembly