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2020 A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan

The Carbon Neutrality Plan is a living document and quintessential roadmap for City of Ann Arbor's goal to reach carbon neutrality by Year 2030 

A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Strategy_march 20.pdf

Office of Sustainability and Innovations 5 Year Workplan

The Office of Sustainability and Innovations ​has developed a 5 Year Workplan FINAL_Sustainability_5year_workplan_aug_26.pdf to lay out projects that will be worked on in the immediate future. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to help. We love community volunteers and interns!

Sustaining Ann Arbor Together

​​Ann Arbor residents and nonprofits have an opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in grant funds to implement​ projects that enhance the City's sustainability. Visit the project page for more details.

Idling Ban

Starting July 1, 2017, new regulations go into effect to prevent unnecessary vehicle idling. Please visit our Idle Free Ann Arbor page for more details.

​​​​Coal Tar Se​​alant Ban​

Effective July 3, 2016, the use of coal tar sealants or high PAH sealants are banned in the city of Ann Arbor.  For more details, visit the Coal Tar Sealants page.

Live an​​d Work Sustai​nably 

​On Feb​r​uary 19, 2013, Ann Arbor City Council adopted the sustainability framework as an element of the City Master Plan​. The sustainability framework identifies 16 sustainability goals to help make Ann Arbor more sustainable. Learn more about what you can do to sustain A2!  

Climate Adap​​​​tation

Precipitation has increased 25% in the last 30 years in Ann Arbor and the frequency of extreme storm events has increased 43%.  Climate experts agree that climate change is already occurring and the impacts are likely to increase in the future. The City of Ann Arbor recognizes the serious threats that climate change poses to the local environment, economy, and livelihoods and is taking steps to prepare for these unavoidable climate changes.


City residents, businesses and institutions spend over 200 million dollars per year on natural gas and electricity.  80% of our energy comes from coal.  Investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy are key to reducing climate-changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and keeping millions of dollars in the local economy. The City Council recently approved a resolution to actively support federal Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFD) legislation which would set a national fee on fossil fuels.  CFD would stimulate investment in renewable energy as the price of fossil fuels rises.


Over 50% of Ann Arbor waste is diverted from landfills for recycling or composting.  40% of your household waste could be composted (we know because we sorted through 100 carts).  Ann Arbor residents are awesome recyclers but we can always do more.


85% of our drinking water comes from the Huron River.  Ann Arbor's Water Treatment Plant treats and distributes 28 million gallons per day of local surface and groundwater for businesses and residents.  All that water is then treated at the Wastewater Plant and returned to the Huron River. The urban forest and storm w​ater​ conveyance systems help improve water quality.

Getting Around T​own

Ann Arbor is one of the top five cities for walking ​in the country.  Ann Arbor has over 77 lane miles of bike lanes and shared-use arrow segments, over 400 miles of sidewalk, over 1,000 bike parking spaces in downtown, and 57 miles of shared-use paths. GoPass riders used T​he Ride​ over 600,000​ times last year.  Choosing alternative transportation modes, like riding the bus, are healthier, cheaper, reduce congestion, and reduce our community greenhouse gas emissions.

Volu​​nt​​eer Opportunities

Last year, 1,600 volunteers invested 8,000 hours during 180 events to support Natural Area Preservation in caring for the city's nature areas; you are invited to help at one of their family friendly ev​entsGIV​E 365 is our volunteer gateway to a va ri ety of ways you can meet neighbors, see new parts of the city, and improve the community.​


Several boards and commissions make recommendations to City Council on a variety of sustainability issues. Learn more about the Energy, Environmental, Greenbelt Advisory​, Historic Di​strict, Housing, Planning, and Park Advisory​ Commissions.  

Protect Our Spot on the Big Blue Dot

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Missy Stults
Sustainability and Innovations Manager
(734) 794-6430 x43725

Emily Drennen
Sustainability Analyst
(734) 794-6430 x43726