(JACKSON, Miss.) – The City of Jackson, along with local partners, has established the Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Taskforce, otherwise known as CliMAT, geared toward developing and implementing municipal climate change solutions by addressing climate change mitigation through the reduction of emissions, and adaptation. Through these climate actions, the task force will simultaneously address the issues of climate justice, economic well being, and prosperity of the citizens of Jackson.
The task force will begin developing a comprehensive Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan, while working on recently initiated projects which include an Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan (supported by a grant from the National League of Cities Local Climate Solutions Engagement); Urban Heat Mapping (NOAA-funded 2020 Heat Campaign), and Municipal Carbon Accounting (supported by Environmental Insights Explorer).
The task force, which meets monthly, is chaired by Dr. Dominika Parry, PhD and CEO of 2oC Mississippi. Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Robert Blaine serves as a representative for the City of Jackson.
Other members serving on the CliMAT Taskforce are as follows:
David Bickham, Bickham Innovation Catalysts, LLC
Abby Bramann, Pearl River Keeper
Thorne G. Butler, Mississippi Ice and Court Sports Association
Kathy Egland, NAACP-National Board, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee
Catherine Lee, Green and Health Homes Initiatives
Alan Penman, MBChB, PhD, MPH, 2oC Mississippi and UMMC
Joan Wesley, PhD, Jackson State University
For more information, visit: https://www.2cmississippi.org/climat .