City seeks input in drafting of new climate action plan

A view of the city’s solar array. (Courtesy)

Fayetteville officials are asking for the public’s help in drafting a new climate action plan, which aims to continue the city’s commitment of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.

The goal is to create a plan that will inform future policies, programs and actions undertaken by the city, and to assist officials in their efforts to remain resilient while adding a new focus on nature-based solutions.

Three engagement events are planned to gather public input:

  • Saturday, April 15 – Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20 – Fayetteville Public Library, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22 – Marion Orton Recycling Center, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A fourth public engagement event is tentatively planned at Bryce Davis Park, but the date has not yet been set.

Residents who are unable to attend the events can still contribute to the development of the plan through a questionnaire on Speak Up Fayetteville, the city’s online engagement portal.

Peter Nierengarten, the city’s environmental director, said the city has made significant energy improvements in recent years, including constructing a 10-Megawatt solar power array, expanding sidewalk and trail infrastructure and implementing a food waste composting program for Fayetteville residents.

For more information about the Climate Action Plan, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/climate.