Fayetteville has exhibited leadership in our deliberate pursuit to reduce community wide energy usage through numerous city and community led plans, programs, and actions. In the past, these activities have often been led by the City government, but are increasingly being implemented by utility companies, building design professionals, local non-profit groups and community organizations.
In an effort to encourage and foster continued improvements in the Climate and Energy sector, the City has undertaken the development of an Energy Action Plan. This process is currently underway.
In early 2017, the City Council approved Resolution Number 45-17 which expressed the City Council’s support for the study and development of an Energy Action Plan in 2017.
City staff enlisted a group of stakeholders with expertise in the fields of energy conservation, energy efficiency/green building design and retrofit, renewable energy design and installation, electric and gas utilities, facilities management, and elected official to develop the framework for this plan.
The stakeholder group utilized the Sustainable Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities (STAR) outline to identify actions, policies, programs and partnerships to create the basis of the plan.
The STAR rating system defines community scale sustainability and presents a vision for communities to become more healthy, inclusive, and prosperous across seven goal areas. The STAR goals and objectives allow local governments and their communities to more effectively strategize and prioritize their sustainability planning efforts.
Goals and Framework
The Energy Action Plan is structured around one overarching goal: reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) for activities occurring in Fayetteville. While GHG reduction is the guiding goal, a host of co-benefits accompany ghg-reducing actions. This plan outlines ways that the City can increase energy efficiency, transition to cleaner fuel sources, improve public health outcomes, build more resilient local businesses, and more.
Comprehensive GHG emissions reduction will be tackled through four key target areas:
The Energy Action Plan outlines goals, strategies, and action items in each target area. Read more about the plan here.