Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pittsburgh Council Adopts 100% Renewable Energy, Zero Waste Goals

Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday voted to approve the city's Climate Action Plan 3.0, which commits Pittsburgh government to a series of climate-friendly goals through 2030.
The goals include:
-- 100 percent renewable energy use  
-- 100 percent fossil fuel free fleet  
-- Divestment from fossil fuel companies
-- 50 percent energy & water use reduction  
-- 50 percent transportation emission reduction
-- Zero Waste
The draft 3.0 plan was introduced last year after more than 100 meetings, workshops, and events to help gather input and content. More than 300 people representing 90 different organizations, businesses, nonprofits, and government entities participated in writing the draft.
More hearings and public meetings followed, leading to Council's vote.
"Community engagement and the extended community process yielded additional support and insights that we will be using to create more community-climate connections and improved communications with community organizations," said Grant Ervin, the city's Chief Resilience Officer.

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