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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  • Bobbi Ebsen
    endorsed via 2018-01-02 17:03:47 -0500
  • judy Hatfield
    endorsed via 2018-01-01 23:26:38 -0500
  • Kenneth Hall
    endorsed via 2018-01-01 11:40:49 -0500
  • Rubina Ahmed
    endorsed 2017-12-31 23:31:27 -0500
  • Pamela Durant Bush
    endorsed via 2017-12-31 19:44:11 -0500
  • Hava Levitt-Phillips
    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!
  • Hava Levitt-Phillips
    endorsed 2017-12-28 21:35:20 -0500
  • Rita Mitchell
    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.
  • Eileen and Kat Thorp
    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!
  • Diane Cheklich
    endorsed via 2017-12-22 19:47:10 -0500
    Thank you for your leadership on renewables, Ann Arbor!
  • Genevieve Szegi
    endorsed via 2017-12-22 14:39:37 -0500
  • Bob Milstein
    endorsed via 2017-12-22 08:11:57 -0500
  • Bob Young
    endorsed via 2017-12-21 22:42:28 -0500
    A2 ROCKS!
  • Melissa Sargent
    endorsed 2017-12-21 11:29:59 -0500
  • Kern Burden
    endorsed 2017-12-21 09:04:48 -0500
  • Kris Olsson
    endorsed 2017-12-21 08:04:42 -0500
  • Patricia Trupp
    endorsed 2017-12-21 07:02:54 -0500
    At a time when I have begun to give up hope I am reminded that there is a lot still going on to help save us from this human made disaster of climate change. I thank you for everything on behalf of humanity.
  • Suzanne Brooks
    endorsed 2017-12-21 06:48:46 -0500
    Thank you for being a beacon of light in a murky fog of climate change denying.
  • John Sheets
    endorsed 2017-12-21 06:44:33 -0500
  • Lucinda Grover
    endorsed 2017-12-21 06:34:54 -0500
  • Margaret Pierson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-21 06:31:44 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Margaret Pierson
    endorsed 2017-12-21 06:31:29 -0500
    Thank you for leading the way.
  • Char Hoffman
    endorsed 2017-12-21 00:18:38 -0500
  • Kimberly Hetherington
    endorsed 2017-12-20 22:52:33 -0500
  • Charlie Weaver
    endorsed 2017-12-20 21:41:42 -0500
    As a former Ann Arbor resident for 25 years, I applaud this action. Now if i could only get Kalkaska (oil patch capital of Michigan) to do likewise.
  • Kim Winchell
    endorsed 2017-12-20 21:28:09 -0500
  • Helene Whalen
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 21:07:38 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Helene Whalen
    endorsed 2017-12-20 21:07:22 -0500
  • Anette Wilson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 20:25:15 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Anette Wilson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 20:24:46 -0500


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