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Why We Need a Climate Action Plan



We’ve all seen how changing climates, driven in large part by human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, are causing more extreme weather events - which negatively impact public health, disrupt local economies, and lead to billions of dollars in losses. In fact, one recent report estimated that inaction on climate change could cost the U.S. economy $14.5 trillion over the next 50 years.

As a result, the world is making huge investments in new green technologies and processes, in industries spanning energy and transportation to agriculture and food production. America’s own green economy is now worth more than $1 trillion annually, quickly outpacing the oil and gas sectors, as communities across the country are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint and create a more sustainable future.

As a city that’s recognized worldwide for environmental restoration, Chattanooga has an opportunity to lead in this emerging economy – and the time to act is now. By committing today to build a more sustainable city, we will reduce the costs of tomorrow, while fueling economic growth and social well-being for the benefit of everyone.

Building a cleaner, greener city isn’t just important for the environment - it’s critical for our future growth and prosperity.

The good news is that affordable, scalable solutions are available to help ensure our community grows in a way that is sustainable and equitable for all. These solutions make up the essence of the Climate Action Plan. And by implementing them together, we will protect our environment, grow our local economy, and increase the quality of life for all Chattanoogans in the years to come.

Climate Action plan Infographic

Download a copy of the above infographic.

Regional Planning Agency
1250 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-5900

Office of Sustainability
Erik Schmidt, Director of Sustainability
1250 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-7822