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OVERVIEW:

One of 10 main goals in the City’s Strategic Vision is Environmental Responsibility. This vision was formalized in the IK 2025 Master Plan and action items were developed as part of IK @ Work. A specific goal in IK @ Work is to, “develop, adopt, and maintain a Climate Action Plan and track progress.”

To move this goal forward City staff, stakeholders, and community partners are working to create a Sustainability Strategy which includes actions at the municipal and community levels. A Sustainability Team made up of residents, experts, and City staff will assist in advising the project. The plan will be vetted through the City’s Environmental Concerns Committee. The project will incorporate IK @ Work action items, past climate studies, global protocols, best practices, and resident input.

UPDATES:

 

PROJECT MANAGER:

Jamie McCarthy, Development Project Coordinator, mccarthyja@kalamazoocity.org

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • Gain a better understanding of the City’s municipal and community-wide GHG emissions and how to contribute to global reduction goals

  • Develop actionable steps for the City to reduce GHG emissions, protect and prepare residents for climate change related impacts, and act as a leader on community-wide sustainability efforts

  • Support collaboration of neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, and the City to realize a sustainable, resilient, and low-carbon future for Kalamazoo and the greater region

  • Adopt an inclusive plan that addresses social equity, environment, and the economy guided by community input

 

SCHEDULE:

JULY 2019

  • Community engagement, living wall activity

  • Organize and host initial meetings of the Sustainability Team and committees

AUGUST 2019

  • Community engagement, continued

  • Presentation to ECC, project goals and emissions target

  • Begin staff presentations to stakeholder groups

  • Complete a climate vulnerability assessment with the Great Lakes Intregrated Science Assessment (GLISA)

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Staff presentations and Sustainability Team meetings, continued

  • Community Meeting #1, sustainability kick-off in collaboration with WMU

    • We will be kicking off engagement for the City’s sustainability strategy at the Sustainability Celebration on Thursday, September 26! Join us to from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market (1204 Bank Street) to share your input and enjoy free food and community conversation around sustainability.

  • Launch public survey

OCTOBER 2019

  • Focus groups convened on key topics

  • Community Meeting #2

  • Sustainability Team meetings, continued

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2019

  • Data analysis

  • Draft plan

2020 (1st quarter)

  • Community Meeting #3, public comment on draft

  • ECC review and approval

  • City Commission approval

  • Early implementation:

    • Energy efficiency plan with performance contractor

    • Climate vulnerability workshops with local partners

    • Next phases for NFP

 

PARTNERSHIPS

The Sustainability Team as an advisory body is made up of:

  • Staff from City of Kalamazoo departments

  • WMU staff, faculty, and students

  • Kalamazoo Nature Center

  • Kalamazoo College

  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College

  • Bronson Hospital

  • Community development organizations

  • Climate/environmental groups

 

STAFFING

Community Planning & Economic Development, Public Services

 

OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS

Potential contract with energy audit contractor (TBD)

 

CONSISTENT WITH PLANS

Strategic Vision and 2025 Master Plan

 

VISION

To realize our City’s strategic vision toward a green and healthy city, focused on shared prosperity and to ensure a just transition for all people to a low carbon future that increases community resiliency and biodiversity.

 

STRATEGIC VISION GOALS

Environmental Responsibility

 

METRICS

  • GHG emissions reductions

  • Municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy measures

  • Urban tree canopy coverage

  • Public participation