Fayetteville's Response to Climate Change

Fayetteville is committed to proactively responding to our globally changing climate. We strive to promote energy efficient buildings and vehicles, renewable energy production, clean air and water and waste reduction. We are working to help Fayetteville adapt to the current effects of climate change in our region, while reducing our own impact through greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction efforts.

Fayetteville strives to fight climate change in order to preserve the thriving, safe and beautiful community we call home, while also acting a leader on the global stage in creating innovative and effective solutions to this growing challenge.

The City's Perspective on Climate Change

The City has prepared a Commentary on Climate Change to explain the basic science behind global climate shifts as well as the ways that Fayetteville is responding to the threat. This piece can help any citizen gain a better grasp of the importance climate plays in our lives and how Fayetteville can be a leader in climate and energy action. 

City of Fayetteville Commentary on Climate Change

Mayor Jordan's Response to Climate Change: 

 “Climate change poses a very serious threat, but also a significant economic opportunity for our City and our nation,” said Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “Fayetteville is committed to working with leaders of other cities, states, universities and businesses to combat climate change by supporting a low-carbon economy and creating good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.” 

Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

Mayor Jordan has joined hundreds of mayors across the United States, through the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), in signing a letter committing to adopt, honor and uphold the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement.

We Are Still In

Mayor Jordan has also signed an open letter to the global community and the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expressing support for climate action in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. This letter, signed by over a thousand leaders, including governors, mayors, businesses, investors and universities, declares collective intent to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. 

100% Clean Energy Pledge

Mayor Jordan has signed the Sierra Club's "Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Endorsement." This endorsement is a pledge is support a goal of moving to 100% clean energy in Fayetteville and across the United States. The Energy Action Plan further reinforced this pledge, setting targets of reaching 100% clean energy for City operations by the year 2030 and 100% clean energy for city-wide usage by 2050. 

Fayetteville Named by CDP as One of 105 Cities Globally to Score "A" for Leading Climate Change

CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a global non-profit organization that provides a platform for governments and companies to measure, manage and disclose their environmental data. To score an A, a city must have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, have published a climate action plan and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future. Check out the CDP 2019 list here.

City of Fayetteville Programs and Projects

Energy Action Plan

The Energy Action Plan was adopted by City Council on January 2nd, 2018. The plan outlines steps to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate while achieving better resource efficiency in four key sectors: buildings, energy supply, transportation and solid waste. The actions and strategies in each sector contribute to the overall greenhouse gas reduction goals at the heart of the plan. More information can be found on the Energy Action Plan web page.

Climate and Energy Programs

 Fayetteville residents are invited to explore the many programs, projects and community resources collected on the City's Climate and Energy web page. Learn about utility incentives for energy efficiency projects, recycling and trash opportunities, weatherization kits and Energy Usage reports for the City Government.