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Posted on: December 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City of Carbondale Recognized at International Conference as a Leader in Climate Planning

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CARBONDALE –This week, the City of Carbondale was recognized on a world stage at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 for its nature-forward approach to resilience, climate, and sustainability. Other cities to receive the accolade include Paris, France; Boulder, Colorado; and Santa Monica, California. 

The ceremony, held in Montreal, Canada, celebrated cities across the globe that recently joined CitiesWithNature, an initiative that recognizes municipalities for their actions and commitments to nature and biodiversity. 

 “The recognition of Carbondale on this international stage is a tremendous honor and a direct result of the leadership demonstrated by the Carbondale Sustainability Commission, including drafting authors Saxon Metzger, Dr. Jane Cogie, Sarah Heyer, and Amy McMorrow Hunter,” said Lauren Becker, Planner & Sustainability Coordinator.  

In April 2022, Council passed the City of Carbondale Sustainability Action Plan, written by the City Sustainability Commission, which commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and a 45% reduction by 2030. City staff are in the process of conducting Carbondale's first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory which will help develop a roadmap of mitigation and adaptation proposals and programs to foster biodiversity and resiliency amidst a changing climate.

For more information, contact Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Becker at

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”


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