Thunberg Colorado

Attendees cheer as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to several thousand people at a climate strike rally Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Denver. The rally was staged in Denver's Civic Center Park. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver is seeking up to two dozen people to work for six months on a new Climate Task Force.

The Climate Action Task Force will be charged with creating consensus in the Denver community by May of 2020 around an updated climate work plan through an equity lens, securing the resources that will be needed, and creating revenue mechanisms,” the office of Mayor Michael Hancock described the new organization.

Meetings will be weekly from December through February, and biweekly from March through May.

Last year, the administration released its “80 x 50 Climate Action Plan,” referring to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 as compared to the 2005 baseline.

The plan contains specific goals such as operating 200 electric vehicles in the city’s fleet by next year; power municipal buildings 100% with renewable energy by 2020; and getting 16% of commuters to use public transit and 17% to walk or bike to work by 2030.

The “80 x 50” proposal also alludes to the non-environmental benefits to the proposed overhauls in building codes, energy efficiency standards and EV infrastructure. 

“Truly, the cost of doing nothing will be borne disproportionately by the most vulnerable. The city will look to universally beneficial strategies that improve efficiencies, while bringing the total cost of home ownership, rent and transportation down,” it reads.

Interested persons may apply by Nov. 14 to the task force here.

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