ABOUT

In November 2019, City Council passed Resolution 19-2103: A Resolution in Support of Creating a Plan to Achieve Ann Arbor Community-Wide Climate Neutrality by 2030. In this Resolution Council called on the City to work with the public to create a living plan for achieving carbon neutrality, and to present that plan by Earth Day 2020.

To initiate this work, we launched A2ZERO. The A2ZERO initiative is the framework for the City's efforts to be carbon neutrality, community-wide, by 2030. A2ZERO is iterative, transparent, failure-positive, and grounded in justice and equity. Below is more information about A2ZERO.

THE PROCESS

More than 60 partners engaged and continue to engage their networks and the public at-large to advance A2ZERO.

From November 2019 until April 2020, the City of Ann Arbor, in collaboration with over 65 partner organizations, hosted dozens of public events, ran online public engagement, worked with 4 technical advisory committees, administered 3 public surveys, reviewed dozens of peer reviewed and technical documents, and consulted with peers around the nation to develop the A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan.

THE PLAN

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A2ZERO Governance Model

Learn more about how the A2ZERO Plan will remain living.

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A2ZERO Prioritization Framework

This documents outlines a prioritization framework to help evaluate potential new actions for inclusion into A2ZERO

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Draft A2ZERO Investment Plan

This document presents one possible investment scenario for advancing the A2ZERO Plan

KEY TOPICS

The A2Zero Plan

The A2ZERO Plan focuses on 6 core strategies

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Strategy 1: Powering our electrical grid with 100% clean and renewable energy

Transitioning our entire electrical grid to renewable energy while also investing in distributed generation and storage.

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Strategy 2: Switch our appliances and vehicles from gasoline, diesel, propane, coal, and natural gas to electric

Powering our vehicles, equipment, and appliances with clean, renewable, electrical energy.

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Strategy 3: Significantly improve the energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreational sites, and government facilities

Using energy efficiently and encouraging high performing buildings.

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Strategy 4: Reduce the miles we travel in our vehicles by 50%

Designing and connecting our homes, businesses, and public spaces around an efficient, multi-modal, and zero carbon transportation network.

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Strategy 5: Change the way we use, reuse, and dispose of materials

Minimizing waste by changing how our community consumes and disposes of goods and services.

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Strategy 6: Enhance the resilience of our people and our place

Ensuring all our neighborhoods thrive, everyday, even in the face of shocks and stressors.

Learn More About A2ZERO!

The A2ZERO one-pager highlights the work we're doing, why it matters, and how residents can get involved with shaping the future of Ann Arbor.

The Sector Fact Sheet highlights we've done and what more we can do on Energy, Mobility, Resource Reduction and Adaptation and Resilience

An Introduction to A2ZERO: A Fact Sheet

PARTNERS

Partnering organizations include: National Wildlife Federation;  Neutral Zone; Community Action Network; Citizens Climate Lobby – Ann Arbor; Ecology Center; Ann Arbor 2030 District; Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice; Michigan Environmental Council; Washtenaw 350; Ann Arbor Area Elders Climate Action Chapter; American Institute of Architects Huron Valley Chapter; University of Michigan; Washtenaw Climate Reality; Building Matters Ann Arbor; Michigan League of Conservation Voters; Sierra Club Huron Valley Group; A2 Climate Mobilization; Leslie Science and Nature Center; The Hands on Museum; Michigan Climate Action Network; Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber; Ann Arbor Housing Commission; THRIVE Collaborative; Michigan Interfaith Power and Light; Washtenaw County Democrats; American Society of Adaptation Professionals; Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition; Colonial Square Cooperative; Walker Miller Energy Services; United Way of Washtenaw County; Lean and Green Michigan; Washtenaw Housing Alliance; Citizens Climate Lobby – UM Chapter; Forest Hills Cooperative; Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 252; Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living; UM College Democrats; Students for Clean Energy; Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association; UM Climate Action Movement; Washtenaw Area Apartment Association; Washtenaw County; The Ride; Ann Arbor SPARK; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-Ann Arbor Chapter; Ann Arbor Public Schools; Ann Arbor Indivisible; University of Michigan President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality; Washtenaw County Food Policy Council; Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America; Pesticide-Free Ann Arbor ; City of Ypsilanti; Ann Arbor Summerfest; Ann Arbor District Library; Slow Food Huron Valley; Common Cycle; Earth Sciences; Natural Resources Defense Council ; Ann ARbor Main Street Association; Washtenaw Optimal Wellness; Downtown Development Authority; Huron River Watershed Council; Mindful City Ann Arbor; Sunrise Ann Arbor Chapter; Old Fourth Ward