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 2018-04-18 20:55:49 -0400
    I am proud to live close to Ann Arbor. Thank you!
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  • endorsed 2018-01-25 21:16:06 -0500
    Thank you for your leadership during this crucial time. I hope that more communities follow your example.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-25 16:41:30 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal! Give our kids a chance at a real life!
  • endorsed via 2018-01-25 16:38:55 -0500
    A 1974 graduate of the U of M, I spent 31 years in Europe, 6 of them on the faculty at the Swiss campus of Pasadena’s renowned Art Center College of Design. I also suffered a cardiac arrest of 10 minutes as my forehead was being sutured under a general anesthetic in the Nairobi General Hospital following a car accident there, requiring that I relearn all of the skills that we learn as infants, how to walk, speak, remember, etc. I have been largely successful, partly by staggering, walking and jogging more than 600 miles! While doing that, in 1981, my mind went to how our children’s children’s children’, and we are all the genetic reincarnations of our parents, might live without any of the coal and oil that have powered the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution and the growth of global populations from 1 billion in the 1820s to 7.6 billion today! Will we be able to support 7.6 billion after all the coal and oil are gone?

    As I staggered along the road just south of Oxford in 1981, I drew on the tabula rasa/blank sheet that my mind had become projects that now appear on my website at www.sustainabilityforever.org for the creation of state, national and global infrastructure to power all of our food, energy, transportation and every need from solar power alone!

    Without such ideas, where will children be in the Year 4000, or sooner!?


    Thank you for what you are doing!
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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!
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  • endorsed via 2018-01-05 20:31:14 -0500
    Thank you. We have to start somewhere. So proud of you. (Michigan resident)
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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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