As the climate continues to change, communities across the U.S. and the world are asking “How are these changes already affecting my community?” and “What local impacts could be experienced from future changes to the climate?”.

To help answer these questions, communities use a tool called a vulnerability assessment. A consultant team reviewed the best scientific information available about changes in temperature, precipitation, and other climate-related factors that Columbia may experience. That information was then applied to Columbia’s unique social, economic, and environmental context with inputs from City staff and the Mayor’s Task Force. The Mayor’s Task Force then began piecing together the Columbia Climate Action and Adaptation Plan which will be presented this summer.

Whether you’re a student, staff, faculty or community member you can do YOUR part by participating in one or more of the following ways:

1. Take the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Survey by May 10 and let your voice be heard! The survey can be accessed via this link:

2. Attend the Pre-Council Worksession on May 20 to provide your input in person and ask follow-up questions concerning the plan. This meeting will be located at City Hall in room 1A/1B at 5 p.m.

3. Join City Council at their June 17 meeting as the group discusses the plan and votes on it! This meeting will be held at City Hall in the Chamber beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information visit or contact the City’s Sustainability Office at