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​​Sustainable Buildings Goal 

Reduce new and existing buildings' energy use, carbon impact and construction waste, while respecting community context

 ​​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. The Climate Action Plan identifies 13 actions to help drive the transition to more sustainable buildings across the community. Energy used in buildings in Ann Arbor accounts for 77% of the City's total emissions. With programs like Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a revolving loan fund for landlords, and the website, the City provides resources to property owners interested in making their properties more energy efficient.  

What way cool projects are underway?


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PA​CE) Program

  • The first round of PACE financing funded over $500,000 in​ local energy efficiency projects. Now, the second round is underway and is accepting applications. Interested in applying? Sign up to learn more about PACE.

Greening Rental Housing

  • Ann Arbor's housing stock is 55.2 percent rental housing, which accounts for approximately 29.5 million dollars in energy costs annually. With $40,000 in seed funding from the University of Michigan Dow Distinguished Awards for Sustainability, the City launched the a2energy Loan Fund for Rental Housing to help fund energy-related improvements in one-to-four unit rental properties across Washtenaw County.

Ann Arbor Climate Partnership

  • 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 make sure Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan gets implemented.

Benchmarking Pilot                   ​          

  • 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. 



Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown