Environmental Stewardship: 

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  • 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. Today, the city's office of sustainability has released an ambitious plan to achieve its commitment to energy efficiency and carbon neutrality by 2030. However, we must pay particular attention to municipal recycling. To reach sustainability goals, we must act together to:

    • Finalize an agreement to restore and restart the MRF, a six-million-dollar public asset that we cannot afford to squander out of neglect

    • Rebuild the Ellsworth Rd solid and household hazardous waste drop-off facility

    • Establish comprehensive food waste composting for Ann Arbor restaurants

    • Require local businesses to track and benchmark their energy usage with DTE

    • Require larger employers to install charging stations for electric vehicles

    • Pair Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt program, a national success story for protecting over 5,000 acres of farmland and greenspace, with a housing-supply strategy within the Greenbelt

    • Add energy efficiency requirements into the city rental licensing process

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