On Nov. 3, Denver voters approved Measure 2A, which increases the city’s sales tax rate by .25 percent and should generate between $20 and $40 million a year to combat climate change and economic disparity in the Mile High City.
Cooper Martin, director of sustainability and solutions at the National League of Cities, said many cities aren’t waiting for the federal government to act on climate change. New York and Los Angeles enacted sweeping programs to reduce green emissions years ago. Miami is already rebuilding for an era of higher seas. Portland, Ore., taxes big-box retailers for a dedicated climate fund, which Martin said is likely the closest match to the plan recently approved in Denver.