At the June 8 City Council meeting, City Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with environmental strategy firm AECOM to update the City’s Sustainability Management Plan into a Municipal Climate Action Plan [MCAP].
The purpose of the Municipal Climate Action Plan is to update the City’s 2009 Sustainability Management Plan with newly adopted resolutions around climate resiliency, and climate justice. Below are the additional policies that have been adopted by Asheville City Council since the adoption of the Sustainability Management Plan in 2009:
- Resolution 11-77 Establishing a Carbon Footprint Reduction Goal
- Resolution 13-17 Adopting a Food Policy Action Plan
- Resolution 14-27 Establishing a Waste Reduction Goal
- Resolution 16-64 Energy Innovation Task Force
- Resolution 17-257 Asheville’s 2017 Food Policy Action Plan
- Resolution 18-05 EITF Recommendations into the Sustainability Management Plan
- Resolution 18-279 100% Renewable Energy Goal for Municipal Operations + Buncombe County’s community goal
- Resolution 19-107 BHP Implementation
- Resolution 20-25 Declaration of a Climate Emergency
The Municipal Climate Action Plan will address high-impact projects to build a more resilient organization and continue to address the City’s goals for carbon mitigation.
The development of a roadmap to implement a Municipal Climate Action Plan will allow the City to better understand the resources required to fulfill the City’s commitments to address the climate crisis and keep the City on track for a just climate transformation. This roadmap is specifically designed to address City operations and the role the City plays to achieve community-wide goals.
To learn more about the City’s Sustainability initiatives go to our website and sign up for the Office of Sustainability’s quarterly newsletter.