The goal of our Climate Action and Adaptation Priority Area is to develop and implement actions in the Yampa Valley that put us on course to meet Colorado’s climate goals for emissions reductions and foster resilience moving forward.
These efforts align with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations to keep global average temperature increases under 1.5°C. Using a science-based approach to emissions reductions, YVSC employs both decarbonization and natural climate solutions (NCS) pathways to enact the changes we need at the time-scale that matters. Decarbonization means transitioning away from carbon-intensive energy, transportation and waste systems. NCS are land management practices (reforestation, restoration and conservation) for forests, grasslands and wetlands that increase carbon storage and reduce GHG emissions.
Investing in low-to-no-carbon systems and natural climate solutions not only helps us achieve our emissions reductions goals, but also equips the Yampa Valley with capacity to thrive as our social, economic and environmental conditions continue to change in the coming years.
Click the links below to learn more about the work YVSC is doing in each of these sectors.