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1 City of Atlanta CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Jairo Garcia, Ed.D. Mayor s Office of Sustainability August 7, 2015

2 Agenda 1. Overview Office of Sustainability 2. Overview Climate Action Plan 3. Climate Impacts a. Energy Production b. Extreme Weather c. Air Quality 4. Strategies 5. Next Steps 6. Q & A

3 Goal Overview Atlanta will become a top-tier city for sustainability. Mayor Kasim Reed, 2010

4 Power to Change Overview PLAN: Power to Change PROGRESS: GRI Report /publications

5 Why CAP Why now? Overview What is a Climate Action Plan (CAP)? A comprehensive and achievable plan to reduce emissions. Why should the City adopt a CAP? To recognizes the risk that climate change poses to its citizens and its economy To join an increasing number of local governments committed to addressing climate change at the local level

6 Why CAP Why now? Overview Annual weather related deaths (2010) Source: Georgia Tech Urban Climate Lab

7 Why CAP Why now? Overview Urban warming rankings (2010) Source: Georgia Tech Urban Climate Lab

8 Energy: Top 10 Most Pollutant Power Plants Climate Impacts 2015 #1 in the Country Scherer Power Plant, Georgia

9 Extreme Weather: Droughts Climate Impacts Worst 100 year droughts Economic Damage: $12 Billion Lives Lost: 200+

10 Extreme Weather: Floods Climate Impacts 2009 Downtown New USGS record with highest flood in 500 years Economic Damage: $193 million Homes Lost: 16,981 Lives Lost: 10

11 Extreme Weather: Air Quality Climate Impacts 2015 Grade: F Atlanta ranked 16 in Asthma Capitals Economic Damage: $56 Billion Annually (national)

12 Citywide GHG Emissions 31% 19% 5% 5% Residential Waste Industrial Commercial Transportation 40% Total Emissions: 8,857,265 mtco2e

13 City Operations GHG Emissions 2% 5% 6% Buildings Operations 6% City-wide Others 94% Wastewater Emissions 22% 65% Vehicle Fleet Landfill Emissions Streetlights & Signals Total Emissions: 520,123 mtco2e

14 City of Atlanta: CAP Targets (2009 baseline) beyond % Reductions % Reductions % Reductions %

15 CAP Focus Areas CAP P2C Strategies Commercial Buildings Residential Housing Energy Production Greenspace/Food Security Waste and Recycling Water and Wastewater Management Transportation Land Use Energy Efficiency & Renewables Community Health & Vitality Materials Management Water Management Air Quality Sustainability Planning Transportation & Mobility Education Growing Business

16 CAP: Focus Area Potential Transportation Water & Wastewater Waste & Recycling 10,500 Energy Production Thousands mtc02e 9,750 9,000 8,250 CAP Reductions Business as Usual Residential Commercial/Industrial Community Emissions 7,500

17 Reduce energy consumption 20% by ,590 mtco2e (4.9%) Benchmark, disclose, audit and retro commission existing commercial COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS Ensure new commercial and industrial construction is built to maximize energy efficiency ACTIONS: Educate/Enforce Benchmarking Ordinance Provide financial mechanisms Retrocommissioning New code for existing buildings

18 Reduce energy consumption 20% by ,258 mtco2e (3.1%) Retrofit existing residential buildings RESIDENTIAL HOUSING Ensure new residential buildings are built to maximize energy efficiency ACTIONS: Financial mechanisms for retrofitting Promote HERS programs New code compliance

19 Encourage the production and use of clean local energy to 10% by ,959 mtco2e (1%) ENERGY PRODUCTION Facilitate Renewable Energy Investment Use of Clean Energy in Municipal Operations ACTIONS: Supply 10% of clean energy for city operations Establish clean energy financing districts

20 Reduce emissions from transportation by 20% 374,836 mtco2e (3.64%) Increase AFV usage and infrastructure TRANSPORTATION Reduce VMT ACTIONS: Promote AFV rebates for vehicles and infrastructure Improve parking schemes Increase attractiveness to alternatives TOD

21 Increase water efficiency by 20% from 09 to ,589 mtco2e (6%) Optimize water distribution WATER MANAGEMENT Reduce water consumption ACTIONS: Remediate water pipe leaks by 50% Upgrade wastewater cleaning technologies Promote conservation

22 Increase landfill diversion to 80% by ,931 mtco2 (0.65%) Building material reuse MATERIALS MANAGEMENT Divert MSW from landfills ACTIONS: Educate/Enforce Ordinance #130 Partner with non-profits to education/implement recycling programs

23 Reduce emissions by increasing park land, greenspace, and tree canopy while assuring local food security 47,000 mtcoe2 (1%) Increase green space to 7% GREENSPACE & FOOD SECURITY Increase urban canopy Urban agriculture Decrease food deserts ACTIONS: Increase park areas Finance urban agriculture Quantify carbon sequestration

24 Contributors Thank you! p2catlcom

25 Atlanta CAP Website: atlantaclimateactionplan.worldpress.com

26 Questions? Jairo Garcia, Ed.D /AtlantaSustainability ATLSustainable

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