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Sustainability Framework

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​​On February 19, 2013, Ann Arbor City Council adopted the sustainability framework as an element of the City Master Plan. The City is currently developing a sustainabil​​ity action pla​n​​​​ to connect targets and actions to each sustainability framework goal. This action plan will help track and monitor progress on each of the sustainability goals.  

Sustainability Framework Goals

Climate and Energy Goals

Sustainable Energy – Improve access to and increase use of renewable energy by all members of our community

Energy Conservation – Reduce energy consumption and eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions in our community

Sustainable Buildings – Reduce new and existing buildings’ energy use, carbon impact and construction waste, while respecting community context
Engaged Community - Ensure our community is strongly connected through outreach, opportunities for engagement, and stewardship of community 

Diverse Housing - Provide high quality, safe, efficient, and affordable housing choices to meet the current and future needs of our community, particularly for homeless and low-income households

Human Services - Provide services that meet basic human needs of impoverished and disenfranchised residents to maximize the health and well-being of the community

Safe Community - Minimize risk to public health and property from manmade and natural hazards

Active Living and Learning - Improve quality of life by providing diverse cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities for all members of our community

Economic Vitality - Develop a prosperous, resilient local economy that provides opportunity by creating jobs, retaining and attracting talent, supporting a diversity of businesses across all sectors, and rewarding investment in our community

Land Use and Access Goals

Transportation Options - Establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable and efficient ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users to travel throughout the city and region
Sustainable Systems - Plan for and manage constructed and natural infrastructure systems to meet the current and future needs of our community

Integrated Land Use - Encourage a compact pattern of diverse development that maintains our unique sense of place, preserves our natural systems, and strengthens our neighborhoods, corridors, and downtown​

Resource Management Goals​

Clean Air and Water - Eliminate pollutants in our air and water systems

Healthy Ecosystems - Conserve, protect, enhance, and restore our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Responsible Resource Use - Produce zero waste and optimize the use and reuse of resources in our community

Local Food - Conserve, protect, enhance, and restore our local agriculture and aquaculture resources

Sustainability Action Plan

The Action Plan identifies targets, actions, and indicators to achieve and measure progress towards the Sustainability Framework goals. The Sustainability Action Plan will be reviewed and updated every two years with the budget cycle to provide up-to-date progress reports towards the City's Sustainability Framework goals. The targets and actions included in the Plan are not all-inclusive but a collection of short-term, yet ongoing projects that the City will work towards within each two-year period. View the Sustainability Action Plan (pdf)​.

The Action Plan Dashboard​ establishes 38​​ indicators to measure progress towards the 16 Sustainability Framework​ goals. This dashboard provides progress reports on indicators and tracks completed projects and accomplishments.

​This project was funded by the Home Depot Foundation.