Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Climate and Energy

This event was held on March 8, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This third in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on a community Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions. The forum is an opportunity to learn and contribute towards the developing Climate Action Plan, and discuss solutions that can reduce emissions in the community. The presentations will look at past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

The City has long been recognized for forward reaching energy initiatives like LED lighting, solar power, and energy efficiency improvements at its facilities, and Mayor John Hieftje's Energy Challenge sets ambitious goals for green energy and reduced emissions. See how the community at large plays a role in Ann Arbor's response to a warming climate, and help articulate a vision for a prosperous, cleaner energy future.

Panelists for this event include, from the City: John Hieftje, Mayor; Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator; and Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Associate, Energy Office. The panel also includes Larissa Larsen, UM Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Monica Patel of the Ecology Center; Jenny Oorbeck, Communities Division Manager, Clean Energy Coalition; Wayne Appleyard, Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission and Terry Alexander, Executive Director of the Office of Campus Sustainability at University of Michigan.

Please note that on March 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the 4th floor meeting room of the Downtown Library, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. The public meeting will build on the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the City of Ann Arbor and provide an opportunity for attendees to share comments on the draft set of sustainability goals.

Details of this series are posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report at www.a2gov.org/soe.

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