Environmental Action Plan

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The Environmental Action Plan (EAP) is a guide for city leaders, staff, and members of the community to implement sustainability visions and principles. To-date, the City of Harrisonburg has taken steps to address the quality and care of our natural resources; however, the latest science indicates that more ambitious actions are required to mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation and the changing climate that will affect our community’s health, economy, and well-being. Adopting and implementing the EAP helps the City support global targets for a stable climate and a resilient community. The plan includes recommended policy changes in the public sector and incentives in the private sector, as well as, recommended actions for both the public and private sectors.

The development of the EAP will be completed in three phases (1, 2, and 3). This document represents Phase 1 and describes goals, co-benefits, and strategies, and identifies tasks and responsible parties (such as a city department, private businesses, community organizations, or individuals). This document is intended to lay the groundwork for future phases of EAP development and implementation of strategies towards environmental sustainability.

Phase 1 of the EAP was presented to City Council and adopted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The meeting agenda and supporting documents are available on the Council Agenda & Stream Media webpage.

PDF[1.59MB] Environmental Action Plan


Public Comment Process

The draft EAP was presented to the public at an Open House meeting on June 5, 2019. Approximately 50 members of the public attended to learn more about the process and the plan. Comments were solicited in writing from June 5 through June 26 and then reviewed by city staff and EPSAC members and the EAP was revised. Over 40 community members and community groups submitted written comments. 

PDF[7.9MB] Written Public Comments

PDF[171KB]  Staff Responses to Public Comments