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The Roles and Responsibilities of Municipalities in Fighting Climate Change

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We’ve heard about implementing eco-friendly measures to protect the environment over the year past few years. However, the current situation shows that there’s a long way to go to reach sustainability. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)​​​​​​​ in our atmosphere last year was recorded as the highest in history.

Moreover, 2019 ​was the second warmest year on record, which shows that the existing efforts have been insufficient to save the environment from the menaces of global warming. Municipalities are fundamental to achieving environmental targets, such as energy conservation and emission reductions, because they influence land-use decisions and other factors that directly influence energy generation and resource consumption.

Let’s discuss the roles and responsibilities of municipalities in more details:

The Roles and Responsibilities of Municipalities in Fighting Climate Change

Municipalities are responsible for providing many services that significantly impact the lives of many people and their environments, such as strategic land use, economic development, and community planning, which can address climate consciousness through energy and transportation policies.

A card on the importance of climate change


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Municipalities must play an active role in strengthening communities’ climate resilience and the business sector through a proactive approach toward environmental sustainability. They must formulate a detailed Sustainability Plan that takes economic viability, environmental protection, and social equity into consideration. Steps toward sustainability and a healthier environment provide a range of economic, health, and social benefits that can help communities prosper. The transition to renewable energy and conservation of resources are at the forefront of the changes needed to reduce emissions to ensure a better atmosphere.

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Some of the important environmental responsibilities of municipalities include, but are not limited to, energy savings, recycling and reuse of materials, conserving natural resources, and reducing the emission levels. Consulting professional engineers to develop plans to support climate-smart communities is a great way to get started!

If you are looking for professional engineering services to support the development of Climate Smart Communities, get in touch with Larsen Engineers for a free consultation. Based in Rochester, NY, Larsen Engineers offers cost-effective solutions to develop sustainable communities. Contact us at (585)-272-7310 to get started and visit for more information.

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