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November 18, 2021

Boulder County recognized as international climate leader on CDP 2021 A List


County receives top score on climate action from environmental impact non-profit, CDP


Boulder County, CO —Boulder County has been recognized by CDP as one of 95 cities and counties across the globetaking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency. Boulder County scored an A, CDP's highest rating. Only 9.8% of cities and counties that were scored in 2021 received an A.

To score an A, a city or county must disclose publicly an emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target, and have a published climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards.

"Measuring, understanding, and disclosing our environmental impact is a critical first step in designing policies and initiatives that take action on climate," said Susie Strife, Boulder County Director of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. "We still need major systems change, but tracking and transparency allows Boulder County to manage climate risk and launch ambitious new initiatives, like carbon dioxide removal innovation, that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drawdown carbon."

CDP’s Cities A List is based on environmental data disclosed by cities and counties to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System.  For the first time, over 1,000 cities and counties are reporting their environmental impact through CDP in 2021. Meanwhile, 965 cities received a rating for their climate action from CDP in 2021, a substantial rise on the 591 cities scored in 2020. 

Click here for the full list of CDP 2021 A List Cities.

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*Background

About CDP:

CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 590 investors with over $110 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.     

Over 14,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2021, including more than 13,000 companies worth over 64% of global market capitalization, and over 1,100 cities, states and regions. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.


Mission of the Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience

Our mission is to advance policies and programs that conserve resources, protect the environment, and safeguard our climate in order to build a sustainable, just, and resilient community.