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Local action is critical to global progress on climate change and its human causes. Cities like Ann Arbor are at the forefront of dealing with the causes and the effects of climate change. Impacts will become more frequent and severe over time and include heat waves, snowstorms, high winds, and downpours that lead to flooding. Given the lack of attention and momentum at the national and state levels, cities like Ann Arbor are not deferring action on climate change and have a responsibility to advance solutions and new ideas while engaging the community.
In December 2012, the Ann Arbor City Council passed the Climate Action Plan (CAP), an ambitious multi-strategy vision to reduce our community-wide emissions 8% by 2015, 25% by 2025, and 90% by 2050, relative to year 2000 baseline emissions levels. The CAP was developed by City of Ann Arbor staff and City Commissions, in cooperation with a broad-range of local stakeholders and leaders, including local NGOs, and representatives from the University of Michigan and Detroit Edison.
The City participates in the Ann Arbor Climate Partnership (A2CP) to help initiate action and monitor progress on CAP goals. In January 2016, A2CP representatives made a presentation to the Ann Arbor City Council on updates to the CAP. Climate Action Plan Update (1.5.2016).pdf
Note: The City of Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan was made possible by a generous Pollution Prevention Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
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