The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership

About 

The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership (A2CP) was developed in 2014 following the City’s adoption of its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The A2CP aims to inspire the local community to achieve the emission-reduction goals outlined in the CAP through sustainable choices, reduced energy consumption, and a forward-thinking energy policy that maximizes renewable energy sources. The A2CP is made up of all people who support our mission of climate action.  Its leadership consists of city officials, climate experts, sustainability professionals, community representatives, and others who work with community stakeholders to advance the goals of the CAP. Since its founding, the A2CP has worked on projects and campaigns for climate adaptation, resource management, land use and access, and clean energy.

Our Mission

The mission of the Ann Arbor Climate Partnership is to engage and guide the larger Ann Arbor community (residents, neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, local governments, educational institutions, etc.) to achieve the goals of the Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan (CAP)  and to strengthen partnerships with U of M and regional stakeholders so that together we mitigate climate change, adapt to its impacts and ensure both economic vitality and social justice.

The Climate Action Plan

In December 2012, the Ann Arbor City Council passed the Climate Action Plan (CAP), an ambitious multi-strategy vision to reduce our community-wide emissions 8% by 2015, 25% by 2025, and 90% by 2050, relative to year 2000 baseline emissions levels. The CAP was developed by City of Ann Arbor staff and City Commissions in cooperation with a broad-range of local stakeholders and leaders, including local NGOs, and representatives from the University of Michigan.

Rooftop Solar Panels

Energy & Buildings Team

Higher performance buildings: increase energy efficiency in new and existing buildings within our community. Eighty percent of Ann Arbor’s buildings were built before 1976, so driving retrofits and improvements is critical.

Energy Source: facilitate the transition from centralized, high-carbon energy sources to low- or no-carbon energy, such as wind, solar, and geothermal.

Bike Racks on A2 Buses

Land Use & Access Team

Integrated land use: encourage a pattern of compact diverse development that maintains a unique sense of place, preserves natural systems and strengthens neighborhoods, corridors, and downtown.

Transportation options: establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable, and efficient ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users to travel throughout the city and region.

Sustainable systems: plan for and manage constructed and natural infrastructure systems to meet the current and future needs of the community.

Farmers' Markets

Resource Management Team

Responsible resource use: effectively manage water resources, minimize water and wastewater treatment, curb consumption, and decrease landfill material by increasing reuse, recycling, and composting.

Local food: protect and enhance our local agriculture and aquaculture resources.

Community Events

Community Engagement Team

Engaged community: create an educated, aware, and active community to support Ann Arbor’s climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Green Roofs

Adaptation Team

Healthy ecosystems: preserve, protect, enhance, and restore our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Adaptation: Adapt or cope with the inevitable impacts of climate change regardless of future emissions reductions.

Ann Arbor Climate Partnership Video