This sustainability plan lays out ideas for programs, policies, and other actions we can take to improve our environment, economy, neighborhoods, and climate. Some of the action items in the report include improving our energy efficiency by installing motion sensors, achieving energy independence through installing renewable energy in the city, and growing the green collar sector in the city by holding green job fairs and green training opportunities.
The climate action section of the report includes carbon reduction goals for the government and the entire community: a government goal to reduce emissions 50% (of 2006 levels) by 2012, and a community goal to reduce our emissions 25% (of 2006 levels) by 2012. Beyond 2012, the city government is aiming for a 75% reduction by 2025 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and the community's long-term goal is 50% by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Achieving our 2012 carbon reduction goals will not only help to improve the Chesapeake Bay and our air quality, but can also eventually save the city an estimated $627,237 annually!
"Sustainability" means meeting today’s environmental, economic, and social needs without compromising the next generation’s ability to meet the same needs. Annapolis is a member of an international group called Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI, formerly known as International Cities for Local Environmental Initiatives), which has over 1000 member cities and counties worldwide that are following their 5-step milestone program:
- Conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory
- Get a GHG emissions reduction target
- Create a Climate Action Plan (CAP)
- Implement the CAP
- Monitor progress on implementing the CAP