PITTSBURGH, PA (May 22, 2018) Pittsburgh City Council today voted to finally approve the city’s Climate Action Plan 3.0, which commits Pittsburgh government to a series of climate change mitigation goals through 2030.
The goals include:
- 100% renewable energy use
- 100% fossil fuel free fleet
- Divestment from fossil fuel companies
- 50% energy & water use reduction
- 50% transportation emission reduction
- Zero Waste
Working toward these goals aims to reduce Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2023, 50% by 2030, and 80% by 2050.
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. A public commenting period followed the release of the draft Climate Action Plan, including a public hearing hosted by City Council. Based on the feedback received during the public commenting period a few changes were made. In general, these changes included clarifying the goals set forth in the plan and expanding upon how community members and various stakeholders can get involved in the plan.
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.