Ann Arbor City Hall

The City of Ann Arbor unanimously passed a resolution this month committing to using 100% clean and renewable energy for all city facilities by 2035. Ann Arbor has come one step closer to reaching their ambitious Climate Action Plan goal of reducing citywide emissions. 

Michigan Climate Action Network's 100% Cities campaign helped to show organizers in Ann Arbor that other Michigan cities successfully passed similar resolutions, proving this kind of work is possible. MICAN would like to acknowledge the terrific job by Mara Herman at the Ecology Center (a MICAN member organization). She helped to coordinate all partners in this effort. The Energy Commission passed the recommendation back in September, Councilpersons Chip Smith and Chuck Warpehoski brought it to the Council table, and Mayor Taylor and all Councilpeople unanimously supported it.

Sign the thank you card to the Mayor and City Council who worked hard to understand the issues and used the courage to vote unanimously for this achievement.

Mayor Christopher Taylor, and Councilpersons Anne Bannister, Sumi Kailasapathy, Jane Lumm, Kirk Westphal, Zachary Ackerman, Julie Grand, Jack Eaton, Graydon Krapohl, Chip Smith, and Chuck Warpehoski.

 

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In the resolution, the City Council commits the City of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor to meet the 100% clean and renewable goal for all Scope 1 and 2 City operations (per The Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 2035 or sooner. The resolution directs the City Administrator to provide specific actions, using the SMART framework, on how the City of Ann Arbor can achieve this objective through a combination of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy sources and optimal business practices.

The City committed to an ambitious multi-strategy vision to address climate change in their Climate Action Plan in 2012 by reducing its community-wide greenhouse emissions - 8% by 2015, 25% by 2025, and 90% by 2050 relative to the year 2000 baseline carbon dioxide equivalent emission levels.

Municipal government operations account for approximately 1.3% of total communitywide greenhouse gas emissions.

Progress like this just goes to show that there is no better time than the present to act on climate!


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  • endorsed 2018-01-18 21:18:22 -0500
    Thank you!
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  • endorsed via 2018-01-06 10:30:26 -0500
    Great!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-06 10:06:37 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • endorsed via 2018-01-06 10:06:11 -0500
  • endorsed via 2018-01-05 20:31:14 -0500
    Thank you. We have to start somewhere. So proud of you. (Michigan resident)
  • endorsed 2018-01-05 07:33:55 -0500
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  • endorsed via 2018-01-03 14:45:58 -0500
    Way to go, Ann Arbor!
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-02 17:04:20 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
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  • endorsed via 2018-01-02 17:03:47 -0500
    THANK YOU ANN ARBOR FOR LEADING THE WAY!
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-28 21:35:30 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
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  • endorsed via 2017-12-28 20:13:20 -0500
    100% renewables is great! Please move implementation to much sooner than 2035. Action is needed now. Let’s work together to support renewables for the city, AND businesses, and private homes.
  • endorsed 2017-12-25 14:25:34 -0500
    thank you so much for stepping up to the cleaner living plate. Hopefully, Petoskey, and many others will also join Ann Arbor!
  • endorsed via 2017-12-22 19:47:10 -0500
    Thank you for your leadership on renewables, Ann Arbor!

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