The City of Ann Arbor’s Environmental Commission has developed a draft of Environmental Action Plan Guiding Principles and Goals (pdf). The Commission will be holding a public hearing on this document at their meeting on December 7, 2006, before passing along their recommendations to City Council. The meeting will be at 7pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Comments may also be e-mailed to Matt Naud, Environmental Coordiator. Commission (Vice-?)Chair Steve Bean has been known to read and respond to comments on this site, though this is not intended as a substitute for formal participation.
Draft Environmental Action Plan Guiding Principles and Goals:
Proposed Environmental Action Plan Guiding Principles
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- We can meet existing needs without compromising environmental quality, public health, or future generations’ natural resources.
- Environmental quality, economic vitality, and social equity are mutually dependent.
- Conservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment are highly valued.
- Our city is part of a larger regional and global community.
- Our actions impact the environmental, economic, and social equity issues at those levels, and we intend that those impacts be positive.
- Broad public awareness, both locally and regionally, is vital to ensuring environmental quality.
- Collaboration is necessary in order to achieve our goal of a sustainable Ann Arbor.
- The City of Ann Arbor strives to be at the forefront of sustainable living through its daily operations, capital improvements, and purchase of products.
Proposed Environmental Action Plan Goals
- Achieve zero-net greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our overall climate impact
- Eliminate emission of and exposure to air toxics, criteria pollutants, and Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBT)
- Maximize sustainable transportation options
- Achieve 100% renewable energy consumption
- Achieve zero waste
- Achieve a drinkable, swimmable and fishable Huron River
- Protect public health, ecosystems, and property from floodwater hazards
- Conserve, protect and restore ecologically healthy aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
- Conserve, protect and restore a healthy and diverse urban canopy, open space, and agriculture resources
- Ensure that changes to the built environment improve the natural environment and create quality, community-oriented public spaces