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Environmental Stewardship: 

  • Cities nationwide are waking up to the power they have to lead the conversion to an ecologically regenerative, socially just, and sustainable economy. Ann Arbor was at the forefront of clean energy and recycling policy in the 1970s. In March 2020, the city's office of sustainability released an ambitious plan to achieve its commitment to energy efficiency and carbon neutrality by 2030. Some of these goals will require changes to state law and financial support from state and federal government before we can move forward. But others can lower the cost of providing basic services for everyone. We can get started today to:

    • Advance the city’s 80-acre landfill solar project with Pittsfield Township

    • Transition city street and traffic lights to municipal ownership and LED lighting

    •  Help more low-income seniors reduce their utility bills by subsidizing energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes

    • Partner with the University of Michigan for on Green Rental Housing to add energy efficiency requirements into the city rental licensing process 

    • Establish comprehensive food waste composting for Ann Arbor restaurants

    • Require larger employers to install charging stations for electric vehicles

    • Finalize the agreement to restore and restart Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), a six-million-dollar public asset

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