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Update #30

Draft Plan Framework - Principles and Strategies

We are sharing the draft plan framework with the public.

GOALS are the outcomes that the plan is designed to achieve.

  • For the County Climate Action Plan, the goals have been established by the Board of Commissioners who desire that Washtenaw County as an organization be carbon neutral by 2030, and that the entire county be carbon neutral by 2035.

PRINCIPLES are other desired priorities beyond carbon neutrality that are important to the County.

  • RACIAL EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  • JUST TRANSITION
  • RESILIENT ECONOMY
  • HEALTH
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
  • SUSTAINED COMMUNICATIONS

STRATEGIES are the broad categories of actions to achieve the goals of carbon neutrality.

  • HEALTH
  • Provide opportunities to achieve optimal health and well-being and prevent negative public health impacts from changing climate. Reduce Heat Islands and Expand and Maintain County Tree Canopy. Plan and prepare for responses to climate caused emergencies
  • ENERGY TRANSITION
  • Increase Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Electrification in all Buildings
  • INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
  • Plan for and build public improvements that reduce dependency on fossil fuels and prepare the county for more frequent and intense weather events.
  • CIRCULAR ECONOMY
  • Build an Equitable, Low-carbon, and Resilient Circular Economy that manages materials streams for their highest and best use. A circular economy is one that designs out waste, keeps materials in use, and which regenerates natural systems (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
  • MOBILITY ACCESS
  • Reduce emissions from transportation. Support mobility modes that eliminate fossil fuel use over time
  • WORKING FARMS AND NATURAL AREAS
  • Preserve 30% of Washtenaw County as working farms or ecologically significant Natural Areas by 2030. Protect County watersheds, surface water, ground water, and agricultural soils

ACTIONS are the specific projects or programs needed to achieve goals. (Under Development)

Please take a moment to review the Principles and Strategies in the draft plan framework and share your thoughts with the team here or at Climate@washtenaw.org