The city will support going to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The city will support reducing greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 and by 80 percent by 2050.
We will encourage community shared solar. A number of households can invest in a single solar array. This makes sense when home solar panels are not practical or too costly. Vacant land provides opportunities for solar arrays.
The city will explore community choice aggregation, which would allow group purchasing of electricity generated with renewable resources. This could lower utility costs for city residents.
The city will aggressively support and promote pedestrian and bike amenities, public transit and ride sharing. These efforts would reduce vehicle miles traveled.
The city will lead the way in locating jobs near people, allowing residents to walk, bike or take the bus to work.
The city will implement an anti-idling policy for municipal vehicles.
The city will encourage businesses to lower their energy costs. This will be done through education and incentives to replace inefficient lighting. The city will also assist in connecting businesses to state and federal sustainability programs.
We will promote urban agriculture and community gardens, providing grants and removing barriers to getting underway.