Columbia residents preparing for climate change

5 months 1 day 21 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:00:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
By: Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Columbia residents will have a chance to learn about - and talk about - climate change Tuesday night.

The Climate Action Community Workshop is a chance for people to say what they would liked to see changed or improved in their city.

The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is a roadmap of how Columbia can reach the sustainability goals created during the workshop. 

Residents can plan to attend with neighbors, city staff, and members of the mayor's Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning.

Patricia Weisenfelder, community relations specialist for utilities and sustainability, said all voices are welcomed. 

"Show up," she said. "We do want to hear what people have to say and we know that everyone has a different priority."

There will be tables set up with designated topics that people attending may want to address. 

A task force member will be a each table for the small group meetings.

"Our role is really to engage the community," task force member Carolyn Amparan said. "And make sure we're reflecting the community's input and values in the plan that gets created."

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC). 

There will be another workshop in the fall. 

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