Writing, supporting, and advocating for policy that supports climate action is one of the most impactful things we can do to fight climate change. By supporting policies that improve building efficiency, renewable energy supply, electric vehicles and public transportation, and waste diversion, Aspen can influence what a zero-carbon future looks like. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are a global problem, so we need to work closely to organize and share best practices with cities across the country and the world for the highest impact.
To advance local, state, and federal policy, the City of Aspen works with numerous partners, including:
- Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC4CA)
- Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
- Climate Mayors
- Compact of Colorado Communities
- Global Covenant of Mayors
- America’s Pledge/We are Still In
- Citizens' Climate Lobby
- The Mountain Pact
Federal Funding Opportunities: Inflation Reduction Act
In August of 2022, the federal government passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). The IRA is a historic investment in climate and renewable energy, and it is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 by providing funding, incentives, and rebates for things like clean energy and infrastructure. IRA funding will help Aspen plan for and address growing demand for beneficial electrification, zero emission transportation, and climate resilience programs.
Interested in learning more about IRA tax credits that you could take advantage of? You can offset the costs of upgrading your old boiler or electric vehicle purchase. As funds channel through federal and state agencies, additional information on grants and tax rebates are arriving constantly. To learn more, visit the Environmental Protection Agency.