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Energy Conservation Goal
Reduce energy consumption and eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions in our community
How are we doing?
City Council adopted Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan in 2012. This plan sets the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025 and 90% by 2050. Municipal operations make up less than 2% of communitywide greenhouse gas emissions. To make meaningful progress towards our reduction goals, residents, businesses, community organizations, and the City all need to take action. The Climate Action Plan lays out seven actions in its Engaged Community section to help educate and inform community members on how to take action to conserve energy use.
What are the indicators?
- Ann Arbor started the first PACE program in Michigan to help commercial property owners finance energy improvements through a special property assessment. The first round of PACE financing funded over $500,000 in local energy efficiency projects.
- Ann Arbor replaced 2,000 streetlight with LEDs to both cut energy and maintenance expenses.
- The Ecology Center, the Huron River Watershed Council, the City of Ann Arbor, along with a growing list of other partners are coordinating a plan to implement Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan.
- In 2014, Ann Arbor City Council adopted an ordinance directing the development of a commercial building energy and disclosure ordinance. In 2015, the City will pilot a benchmarking program by tracking energy use at city-owned properties, Ann Arbor Housing Commission properties, and commercial properties that participate in the pilot.
Energy Efficiency Education in Rental Housing
- As part of a Housing and Urban Development grant, the City developed educational materials to help renters adopt more energy efficient behaviors. Tips and videos for renters are also available at: a2energy.org/renter.