The plan targets the region's highest emitting sectors, transportation and energy, as identified in the regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and includes strategies that apply more broadly to support successful implementation. The Climate Action Plan calls on all sectors of our community to work together to reduce risk, make communities more resilient, and shift behavior to reduce the region's contributions to the causes of climate change.
CC: How does the Commission integrate climate considerations into its regional planning initiatives, specifically the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy?
KS: The Cape Cod Commission’s planning work addresses the myriad of challenges facing the region in a comprehensive way. This includes regularly developing a Regional Policy Plan, which provides a vision and growth policy for the region as a whole and guides our other planning work. The Commission’s targeted, issue-specific plans, such as the Regional Transportation Plan and, most recently, the Regional Housing Strategy, also incorporate climate resiliency planning and actions recognizing the interrelatedness of Cape Cod and its natural, built, and community systems, and the need to ensure we are acting in a way that supports and is coordinated with other initiatives and needs.
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, currently being updated, integrates resilience. Identifying ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be imperative in supporting and sustaining a vibrant and resilient economy.
CC: What role does the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative play in your work and why was it important for you and the Commission to be part of it?
KS: The Commission has been part of the Climate Collaborative since the beginning, participating in the inaugural event From Paris to Pleasant Bay and recognizing the importance of integrating climate change considerations into all regional planning efforts. I am pleased to be a member of the Climate Collaborative working with other regional organizations to combat climate change. The Collaborative and its individual members and their organizations are critical partners in ensuring that climate action is integrated in local and regional initiatives.