Carbon Neutrality - A2ZERO

Current Activities

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​The A2ZERO Plan​ is centered around 7 overarching strategies: 

  1. ​​Powering our electrical grid with 100% renewable energy.
  2. Switching our appliances and vehicles from gasoline, diesel, propane, coal, and natural gas to electric. 
  3. Significantly improving the energy efficiency of our homes, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreational sites, and government facilities. 
  4. Reducing the miles we travel in our vehicles by at least 50%. 
  5. Changing the way we use, reuse, and dispose of materials. 
  6. Enhancing the resilience of our people and our place. 
  7. Cross-cutting initiatives such as equity, engagement, and reporting. 

Supporting these seven core strategies are 44 actions. Each year the City prioritizes which actions to advance based on funding, staffing, community interest, political support, and strategic opportunities. Fiscal Year 2021 priorities include: 

  • ​Advancing usage of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and batteries (check out our Solarize Ann Arbor program to learn more; and check out our Energy Criteria and Principles​​ to see what we are considering as move forward with achieving carbon neutrality within our energy systems). 
  • Establishing an energy benchmarking standard (contact our Energy Analyst to learn more). 
  • ​Supporting state-level legislation to advance renewable energy adoption, including raising the 1% distributed generation cap, allowing community solar, supporting the return to net metering, and allowing microgriding. 
  • Expanding weatherization services to more residents. 
  • Launching a new Aging in Place Efficiently program.
  • Creating an energy concierge service. 
  • Laying the foundation for a Green Business Challenge. 
  • Investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, an EV Readiness Ordinance, and transitioning the City's fleet to electric.
  • Exploring a large solar project on the City's capped landfill.
  • Continuing to partner with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to develop net zero energy affordable housing units.
  • Move the State of Michigan towards the adoption of the 2021 Building and Electrical Code.
  • Create a Green Rental Efficiency standard. 
  • Advance the City's strategy towards creating neighborhood resilience. 
  • Launch a Neighborhood Ambassador program / A2ZERO Ambassador program. 
  • Support the Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grant program.
  • Continue engaging with the community around carbon neutrality and sustainability. 
  • Launching the 10,000 Trees Initiative​ to enhance our urban tree canopy on private property.

To learn more or help support any of these intiatives, send a note to [email protected]