Climate Action Plan

The City of Lancaster’s core mission is to serve its residents, businesses, and environment. Throughout its nearly 300-year history, the City has proven resilient and adaptive to rapid shifts in industry, transportation, and technology, among other changing conditions. This flexibility has been a vital asset, which is evident in Lancaster’s adaptive reuse of warehouses and changing farm practices, and it will be key to the City’s efforts to prepare for the effects of climate change. Decreasing emissions can lead to increased prosperity, and adapting to changing climate will require smarter infrastructure. Building on the spirit of ingenuity that has always helped drive Lancaster, the City’s Municipal Operations Climate Action Plan affirms a renewed commitment to the future of Lancaster City.






Metric Tons CO2e Emitted After Actions


By 2025, the City will reduce its municipal operations by 79%, 80% by 2035, and 81% by 2050.


*CO2e, the unit used to express emissions reductions in this graph, is a CO2 equivalency metric that expresses the warming effects of all GHG’s in terms of CO2’s warming effect.




City of Lancaster 2017 Baseline Emissions by Sector (17,012 MT CO2e)


The City has been tracking GHG’s emitted through municipal operations for several years. This profile helps the City set goals and develop strategies to reduce emissions and adapt to changes in climate while creating a more efficient and resilient municipal operation.


Vision Statement

The City of Lancaster equitably implements innovative, collaborative, and fiscally responsible strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.


Committee Members

Jerry Lee Miller
Citizen’s Climate Lobby


Chris Steuer
Sustainability Director for Millersville University


Justin Capots
Energy Program Manager for the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority


Ruth Hocker
City Stormwater Program Manager


Paula Jackson
Retired City Chief Planner


Megan Blackmon
City Grant Administrator


Dave Schaffhauser
Retired City Facilities Manager


Bob Bini
Director for County Transportation Planning


Larry Cohen
Director for the Lancaster Parking Authority


Barbara Wilson
Director for the Lancaster Housing Authority




The City owes its ability to plan for and pursue meaningful change through this municipal operations climate action plan to the generous donations of the following foundations and enterprises. Their contributions have helped open the door to a healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable future Lancaster.