Local action is critical to global progress on climate pollution. Cities like Ann Arbor are at the forefront of dealing with the causes and the effects of climate change. Impacts will become more frequent and severe over time and include heat waves, snowstorms, high winds, and downpours that lead to flooding. Given the lack of attention and momentum at the national and state levels, cities like Ann Arbor are not defering action on climate change and have a responsibility to advance solutions and new ideas while engaging the community.
In December 2012, the Ann Arbor City Council passed the Climate Action Plan (CAP), an ambitious multi-point plan to reduce our community-wide emissions 8% by 2015, 25% by 2025, and 90% by 2050, relative to year 2000 baseline emissions levels. The CAP was developed by City of Ann Arbor staff and City Commissions, in cooperation with a broad-range of local stakeholders and leaders, including local NGOs, the University of Michigan and Detroit Edison.
The Ann Arbor Plan does not spell-out all implementation strategies or a prescribed timetable, and does not identify one single city department, agency, or individual responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and tracking implementation. In light of this fact, 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.
We are convening a Community Climate Partnership (CCP) to initiate action and monitor progress. The CCP will work with the city and other relevant stakeholders to advance actions recommended in the CAP.
Check back in the coming months for progress and updates and ways you can get involved, or sign up now to participate!
- Sign up for email updates!
Spread the word! Help us put the "community" in Community Climate Partnership by inviting your friends via social networks and NextDoor. Here is some sample text you can use:
Ann Arbor's Community Climate Partnership, or CCP, is a multi-stakeholder group that works to take action to achieve Ann Arbor's ambitious climate goals. Our Climate Action Plan passed in December 2012 and this group works to implement the 80+ actions in the plan. To get updates on their progress and find out what you can do, sign up here: http://bit.ly/climatepartners
- Volunteer to join a Priority Team by contacting Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center. Priority Teams include:
The launch of the Community Climate Partnership (CCP) is made possible by a generous matching grant from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
For comments or questions on the Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan, contact the Ann Arbor Energy Office.