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 a carbon neutrality planning process that will be iterative, transparent, failure-positive, and grounded in justice and equity. The goal is to create a plan that has broad community support, can be implemented, and demonstrably moves the entire Ann Arbor community towards carbon neutrality.

Over the next several months, the City of Ann Arbor, in collaboration with over 50 partners, will host dozens of public events, run online public engagement, work with 4 technical advisory committees, and continue enhancing and creating new partnerships to intentionally and aggressively move forward our carbon neutrality planning and implementation work.

60 partners are engaging their networks and the public at-large to generate additional ideas and help assess the viability of proposed strategies.


The A2Zero Plan

Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) will pursue carbon neutral strategies in four sectors

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Using energy efficiently , transitioning to renewable energy, and encouraging high performing buildings


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

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


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


The A2ZERO carbon neutrality planning process kicked off in November 2019 with a plan to be presented Earth Day 2020 and implemented thereafter.



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


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