In the fall of 2020, we started our most ambitious project yet – producing an adaptive Teton Climate Action Plan for our community using a public/private partnership approach. In an effort to take the lead on local climate action, we are coordinating efforts in the nonprofit sector to augment the capacity of the Town and County governments, creating partnerships in this crucial planning stage.
This CAP process will include an Opportunity Matrix to identify and implement local climate actions, as well as a Climate Action Dashboard, through which climate action will be tracked, publicly reported, and used to guide next steps. All parts of the process will be informed by a framework centered on justice, equity, and anti-oppression, with a strong emphasis on community outreach and engagement.
At the start of April, LegacyWorks Group came on board as the Project Manager for the TCAP process, bringing years of experience with helping communities address complex challenges through collaborative initiatives. In addition, Alex Norton is now leading the CAP process asProject Coordinator as part of LegacyWorks Group. Alex was a key facilitator in writing the Jackson/Teton County’s Comprehensive Plan, which currently directs much of our community’s planning and decision-making – his expertise will be invaluable as we move forward.
Teton County, the University of Wyoming, and Lower Valley Energy have agreed to serve as technical advisors as needed. We’ve also assembled an outstanding collection of organizations who’ve committed to serve on a Leadership Council for this project. This Council includes the following organizations: the Town of Jackson, the Teton County Public Works Department, Energy Conservation Works, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, Sunrise Jackson Hole, Voices JH, the Riverwind Foundation, LegacyWorks Group, and JHCAC.
The Leadership Council is currently recruiting community members with sector expertise and equitable climate action principles to serve on temporary framework development and action planning teams. Each of these teams are establishing where we are and where we want to be in terms of the goal of equitable net zero carbon by 2030.
There are currently nine subject-specific teams working on this project:
Buildings/Energy, Collaborative Resourcing, Community Engagement, Dashboard, Equity
Open Space/Working Lands/Wildfire/Wildlife, Tourism/Economy, Transportation/Vehicles
1) In the Framework Development Phase, temporary teams, organized in sectors, will work through 2021 to define a path from today to equitable net-zero carbon in 2030. They will review the existing body of knowledge, fill the gaps, and draw from examples
in other communities. The defined path will inspire action and accountability and also be
designed for adaptability as we learn.
2) Concurrently and in 2022, in the Action Planning Phase, teams will organize climate action projects and funding sources into an opportunity matrix in order to match ideas with funding and catalyze action. This will be a community-wide process. We will also produce a dashboard to publicly track progress toward equitable net zero carbon and test the climate impact of projects in the opportunity matrix.
3) In 2022 and beyond, in the Adaptive Action Phase, TCAP members will participate in, and/or support, the planning, execution, and monitoring of these projects, and their progress and outcomes will be fed into the dashboard. Teams will continue to update the opportunity matrix to match climate action projects with funding. The result will be an
ongoing, adaptive cycle of climate action.