Columbia's CAAP Teams

29 different divisions and 10 different City departments have come together to form CAAP Teams – over 40 municipal employees in all! 

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CAAP Team Composition

Who makes up our CAAP teams?

Climate change affects nearly every part of daily life for our community. From public health and safety to parks and energy infrastructure - we know that climate action needs to be implemented across all departments in order to address the diverse impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities we currently face.

That’s why 29 different divisions and 10 different City departments have come together to form CAAP Teams – over 40 municipal employees in all!

CAAP Team Composition

What do CAAP teams work on?

Although team members come from departments across the City, the focuses of our CAAP Teams fall into six key categories.

Through their work together, all six teams focus on projects that have direct impacts on decreasing Columbia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing our climate resilience. Team members develop innovative ideas and initiatives, ensure accurate tracking of results, and provide key insight and expertise to CAAP Core and Project Management teams.

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CAAP Team Composition

How CAAP Ideas Become Actions

Our CAAP teams don't work alone: their work is part of a structured process that makes sure actions are properly planned, refined, and supported. Ideas from our CAAP teams move to Core Team approval before getting support from Columbia's Executive Team and City Council in implementation.

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Cross-Departmental Collaboration

How our teams collaborate

The level of collaboration throughout our CAAP Teams would not be possible without the CAAP Core Team, which is made up of leads from each CAAP team as well as staff from Columbia’s Office of Sustainability. The CAAP Core Team acts as a hub for synergized climate action: members identify not only what tasks are necessary to reach our sustainability goals, but what opportunities will allow for CAAP Teams to share knowledge, strategy, and understanding in order to best create change for a greener future.

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What we've done so far

Our teams have already made landmark strides in sustainable and resilient upgrades to our city's infrastructure and processes:

  • Construction of a public DC fast charger station at I-70 and US Highway 63, allowing for more mobility for electric vehicles around Missouri
  • Publication of Columbia's first Fleet Electrification Policy
  • Publication of Columbia’s first municipal benchmarking report, which tracks energy consumption of municipal buildings
  • Operational budgets increased for maintenance and enhancement of City-owned rain gardens, street trees, and natural areas