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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  • Julie Sisson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 19:36:24 -0500
  • Marcia Lipson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 18:57:51 -0500
  • Jackie Baase
    endorsed 2017-12-20 18:36:11 -0500
  • Linda Baker
    endorsed 2017-12-20 18:21:21 -0500
    Congratulations on being leaders and doing what is right for Mother Earth
  • Michael Salgat
    endorsed 2017-12-20 18:15:47 -0500
  • Jean Petersen
    endorsed 2017-12-20 18:09:57 -0500
  • Timon Tesar
    endorsed 2017-12-20 17:59:30 -0500
    Great job, Ann Arbor! Thanks!
  • Wendy Shoup
    endorsed 2017-12-20 17:31:27 -0500
  • Grace Strong
    endorsed 2017-12-20 17:16:23 -0500
  • Richard Barron
    endorsed 2017-12-20 17:07:28 -0500
    Blue goes green
  • Amy Johnson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 16:49:56 -0500
  • Anne Birkam
    endorsed 2017-12-20 16:27:43 -0500
    Thank you for being leaders in choosing clean and renewable energy as a goal for your city. This is an inspiration for all cities to do likewise.
  • Jerry Gwg
    @jerry_bier tweeted link to this page. 2017-12-20 15:44:49 -0500
  • Jerry Bierens
    endorsed 2017-12-20 15:44:34 -0500
    The future demands this and I am happy to see someone is actually doing what’s needed, thank you.
  • Freda St. John
    endorsed 2017-12-20 15:40:41 -0500
    Great Job
  • Ethan Wampler
    endorsed 2017-12-20 15:37:57 -0500
    Thank you so much for doing this. As the lead organizer of the Michigan Climate March that took place on 12/12/15, I’m thrilled to see Ann Arbor taking these critical steps
  • Nancy Taylor
    endorsed 2017-12-20 15:11:34 -0500

    congratulations for a decision well-made!!
  • Kayne Ferrier
    endorsed 2017-12-20 14:45:01 -0500
  • Gloria Rivera IHM
    endorsed 2017-12-20 14:40:51 -0500
  • Janet Kahan
    endorsed 2017-12-20 14:05:38 -0500
  • John Hazewinkel
    endorsed 2017-12-20 14:01:14 -0500
  • Mary Obuchowski
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:59:10 -0500
    Having grown up in AA and received two degrees from the U of M, I am very proud of the commitment to !00% of clean and renewable energy. It is a model for all of our cities.
  • Lois Bahle
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 13:56:26 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Lois Bahle
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:55:44 -0500
    My congratulations to Ann Arbor from a graduate of that other school up the road. Installed PV panels on my Passive House this fall and waiting for a sunny summer to see if we are net zero – my own little footprint.
  • Cecilia Trudeau
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:54:39 -0500
  • Marcie Meditch
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  • Robert Thomasson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:27:10 -0500
  • Theresa Horstman
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:19:05 -0500
  • Katherine Kinas
    endorsed 2017-12-20 13:05:40 -0500
  • Minick Audrey
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