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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  • Harley Pierce
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:50:47 -0500
  • Katie Parrish
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:42:09 -0500
  • Keith Cooley
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:35:46 -0500
    This courageous action will embolden other cities to follow suit!
  • Chad Fordham
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:33:20 -0500
  • William Gittlen
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:07:15 -0500
    Yes, I would like to attend Green team meetings as a representative from NMEAC and Indivisible TC, but I have been unable to get anyone to tell me when the next meeting is. (I will be out of state for the month of January). I have contacted Marty Colburn without success). Thanks for your help.
  • Scott Cheney
    endorsed 2017-12-20 12:00:43 -0500
  • Lorraine Filipek
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:55:49 -0500
  • Elizabeth Dell
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:54:16 -0500
  • Dovetta Ziegler
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:51:12 -0500
  • Paul and Anne Glendon
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:49:17 -0500
  • Sue Michael
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 11:49:02 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Brenda M. Archambo
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:48:21 -0500
  • Suzanne Michael
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:48:17 -0500
    Thank-You Ann Arbor for taking this progressive action to help our Great State move into the future. I hope it catches on all across the state!
  • Dianne Phillips
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:44:28 -0500
  • Harold DeHart
    @captfrog tweeted link to this page. 2017-12-20 11:43:33 -0500
  • Bentley Johnson
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:42:12 -0500
    Thank you Mayor Taylor, City Council, the Ecology Center (and many other people/groups) for this team effort to show true leadership for the future.
  • Harold DeHart
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:42:02 -0500
    Thanks for your progressive thinking and taking action!
  • Larry Junck
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:41:45 -0500
    Thanks or helping to make Ann Arbor a LEADER on the path to clean energy!
  • Michael Butkiewicz
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 11:39:33 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Michael Butkiewicz
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:39:24 -0500
    Your efforts to promote renewal energy are most appreciated.
  • Charlene Beckmann
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-20 11:38:16 -0500
    Join me in thanking Ann Arbor for setting a 100% Renewable Energy Goal!
  • Charlene Beckmann
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:38:03 -0500
    Please encourage other Michigan cities to follow suit! Muskegon….
  • Juanita Butcher
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:35:52 -0500
  • Ross Hammersley
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:33:10 -0500
  • Bret Huntman
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:25:16 -0500
  • Kerry Davis
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:22:09 -0500
  • Martha Kirpes
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:21:41 -0500
    I’m proud of our city council, leading us into a more sustainable energy future!
  • Melanie Aloi
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:20:24 -0500
  • Dana Mains
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:20:24 -0500
  • Roger Halle
    endorsed 2017-12-20 11:20:21 -0500


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