During the early winter of 2020, a group of Lander citizens came together to create a series of events called the Lander Climate Action Series. Over the course of two months, we gathered as a community to hear about the local, federal, and global impacts of climate change as well as local solutions for a sustainable future.
Since the series, a group of us—the Lander Climate Action Network—have been working to take action on climate change in Lander. As a nonpartisan group of Lander citizens working to create a sustainable future for our local community, we have agreed upon a mission and vision and are actively considering the best way to move forward with important and timely conversations and solutions about climate change.
To bring our community together through shared goals of carbon reduction and climate change awareness.
To reduce carbon emissions in Lander through a commitment to renewable resources, community engagement, and economic viability.
WHAT IS LCAN DOING?
- Promoting education and awareness around the impacts of and solutions to climate change
- Providing specific action alerts our membership can take
- Advocating favorable statewide legislation to reduce statewide emissions
- Hosting an annual statewide climate event in Lander
- Supporting the City of Lander’s Energy and Environment Task Force, which advises the city on how to reduce emissions from municipal operations
- Promoting the use of renewable energy in Lander
- Promoting electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
- Thinking about how Lander can be more resilient to a changing climate
- Raising money and seeking grants to support emissions-reduction projects
OUR WORK TO DATE
- Helped draft the October 2020 Climate Proclamation, signed by the Mayor of the City of Lander, Monte Richardson
- Produced local media discussion of climate action and our work, as seen in the Lander Journal, Wyofile, HighCountry News, The Casper Tribune, and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle
- Contributed to citizen efforts to successfully defeat a 2021 legislative threat to Wyoming’s rooftop solar industry as well as having Mayor Richardson speak out on behalf of Lander to oppose this legislationsel
- Organized a webinar attended by the assistant mayor and several City Council members to hear from three regional mountain communities (Laramie, WY and Whitefish and Red Lodge, MT) about their town’s efforts toward climate action
- Guided the formation of Lander’s Energy and Environment Task Force that will advise the city on how to reduce its emissions and be more energy-efficient and cost-effective. The task force is comprised of five Lander citizens and a member of the City Council who acts as an official liason
- Received a competitive grant from the Lander Community Foundation to help fund a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for city operations, and an eventual climate action plan
- Raised money for local emissions reductions projects through Challenge for Charities
- Educated and informed our membership about climate news both locally and nationally through regular meetings and social media