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Energy Action Plan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
December 19, 2017
 
Contact: Peter Nierengarten
Director of Sustainability & Parking
Sustainability Department
479.575.8272
pnierengarten@fayetteville-ar.gov


Energy Action Plan to be Brought to City Council Tonight
 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — During the past year, City staff worked with community leaders, expert stakeholders, and City administration to develop a community-wide Energy Action Plan. On Tuesday, December 19, staff will present a draft of the completed plan to City Council to be considered for adoption. The City Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is held in Room 219 of City Hall (113 W. Mountain Street).
 
The Energy Action Plan (EAP) provides a framework for the City’s ongoing efforts to be a resource and energy efficient community. Specifically, this plan aims to:
  • incentivize and encourage energy efficient homes and businesses,
  • make progress towards energy independence,
  • promote a culture of innovation,
  • improve public health,
  • achieve cleaner air, water and soil,
  • encourage resilient local businesses,
  • promote a collective understanding of climate change, and
  • leave a legacy of stewardship for future generations of Fayetteville residents.
 
Information about and a draft of the Energy Action Plan to be presented tonight can be found at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/energyactionplan. The plan assesses current conditions, sets goals for improvement, and provides a detailed implementation plan to achieve a more energy- and resource-efficient future. The plan addresses four sectors:
  1. buildings,
  2. energy supply,
  3. transportation, and
  4. waste reduction/recycling.
Several cross-sector goals are also included to reinforce the importance that equity, economic growth, and local leadership play in the plan’s development and implementation.
 
In addition to the sector-level goals, the plan is organized around community-wide reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The plan’s community level goals are a 40% reduction in GHG by the year 2030 and an 80% reduction in GHG by the year 2050, from a baseline year of 2010. These goals are consistent with the We Are Still In pledge signed by Mayor Lioneld -Jordan in June 2017, which commits to reducing GHG emissions in Fayetteville in line with the Paris Climate Agreement targets. The We Are Still In pledge goals have been adopted by cities, states, businesses, investors, and universities across the United States. The EAP also sets 100% clean energy commitments for the City that align with Mayor Jordan’s pledge to the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% Clean Energy Campaign for Cities.
 
The EAP development process began after the Fayetteville City Council passed Resolution 45-17 expressing support for the study and development an Energy Action Plan on February 2, 2017. City staff consulted and met with expert community stakeholders from a variety of professions to brainstorm and detail the elements to be included in the EAP. Additionally, City staff met with department representatives from across the City including: Transportation, Fleet, Engineering, Planning, Community Resources, Communications, Accounting, Purchasing, Parks & Recreation, and Urban Forestry. Staff also met with the City’s volunteer Environmental Action Committee and held multiple public input sessions to gather community input. Feedback and input from stakeholders, City departments, and community members was collected and integrated into the plan with a focus on aligning input and needs with the overarching goal of GHG emissions reduction.
 
The public is invited to read the City’s perspective on climate change, a recent commentary that explains the basic science behind global climate shifts, as well as the ways Fayetteville is already responding to the impacts of climate change in the region.
 
Tonight’s City Council meeting can be viewed on the Fayetteville Government Channel via this live streaming link or on Cox channel 216 or AT&T U-verse channel 99.

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