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Climate Action

Energy Commission Special Subcommittee - Climate Action Plan

At its August, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor Energy Commission appointed a special task force to assist drafting an updated Climate Action Plan for Ann Arbor. The group's charge is: 

·         Identify measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet established short term goals for 2015, help set mid and long-range emission reduction targets for future years, and contribute to the development of a Climate Action Plan for the Ann Arbor community (focused beyond municipal measures).

·         Evaluate existing climate protection activities and findings, including the 2003 University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment emission reductions strategy report (Executive Summary) or Full Report (PDF, 4.5 MB).

·         Review new or emerging work products, including drafts of the new Climate Action Plan, and provide input to staff and consultant(s) as they work to update and consolidate climate protection efforts.

·         Provide input and recommendations for disseminating the findings of the Plan and gaining input, including website content and organization.

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, May 15, 3-4:30pm (confirmed); City Hall 4th Floor Conf Rm
     Presentation Slides (6.3 MB)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2pm-4pm (confirmed); City Hall 4th Floor Conf Rm
     Presentation Slides (1.4MB)

Monday, December 5, 2011, 10am-12noon (confirmed); City Hall 6th Floor Conf Rm
Presentation Slides (1.9MB)

Monday, November 14, 2011, 2pm-5pm (confirmed); City Hall 4th Floor Conf Rm
     Presentation Slides (2.3MB)

Monday, October 24, 2011, 10am-12noon (confirmed); City Hall 4th Floor Conf Rm
Presentation Slides (2.4MB) 

Monday, September 24, 2011,10am-12noon (confirmed); CEC Offices, 924 N Main
     Presentation Slides (1MB)

Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan Task Force Members:

Terry Alexander - Executive Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, University of Michigan
Wayne Appleyard - Chair, Ann Arbor Energy Commission
Bonnie Bona - Ann Arbor Planning Commission
Richard Fleece - Public Health Director, Washtenaw County
Mike Garfield - Director, Ecology Center
Charles Hookham - Ann Arbor Energy Commission
Joseph Malcoun - DTE Energy Resources
Steve Manville - Washtenaw County Public Health
Laura Rubin - Executive Director, Huron River Watershed Council
Nancy Shore - Director, getDowntown
Mike Shriberg - Education Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Energy Commission
Valerie Strassberg - Ann Arbor Environmental Commission
Chris White - Manager of Service Development, Ann Arbor Transit Authority

This project is supported by a Pollution Prevention grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.



What the City Has Already Done For Climate Protection

As a member of ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection, Ann Arbor has worked for many years to reduce its climate footprint, with the Energy Office leading the way. The first step in addressing climate change is to figure out where we stand. In 2003, a University of Michigan masters team from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) completed a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy for the City of Ann Arbor (Executive Summary or Full Report (PDF, 4.5 MB). The masters team documented Ann Arbor's 1990 greenhouse gas emissions to be equivalent to 1,951,858 metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2e). Year 2000 estimates are over 2.1 MTCO2e. Current efforts are underway to update our community greenhouse gas emissions inventory to track progress against past emissions.



The report identified 922,619 MTCO2e in cumulative emission reductions from 1991-2002, including the Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project that saves approximately 50,000  MTCO2e annually.

What You Can Do About Climate Protection

The EPA's Climate Change Action Steps - What You Can Do



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