Spokane Council Takes Two Steps Related To Climate Change

May 21, 2020

Spokane has voted to join about 10,000 other local governments in the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Credit Global Covenant of Mayors

The Spokane City Council this week took steps not related to the virus. It approved two resolutions related to climate change.

In one, Council President Breean Beggs says the council voted to rejoin a group of more than 1,700 local governments that are working on sustainability issues.

“We, every few years, need to do an inventory of our greenhouse gas. They have tools that will make that easier. It will be cheaper with those tools than just having staff crunch numbers long hand, so to speak. That’s really a help for us," Beggs said. "We have more and more staff in the city administration who are dealing with these sustainability issues and this should help us do it more efficiently and at less cost.”

Beggs says that will help the city as it updates its 11-year-old sustainability action plan.

He says the council also voted to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. By doing so, he says the city joins about 10-thousand other local governments in 127 nations in addressing global climate challenges with local solutions.

Beggs says Mayor Nadine Woodward hasn’t taken a position yet on either move. She’s been busy working on other issues.