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File #: RES 18-1031    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/27/2018
Title: Adopting the Building Chapter of the Saint Paul Climate Action Plan, entitled Saint Paul’s Path to Carbon Neutrality: Building Sector
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Samantha Henningson, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao, Jane L. Prince
Attachments: 1. June 2017 DRAFT Saint Pauls Path to Carbon Neutrality - Buildings Sector
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Adopting the Building Chapter of the Saint Paul Climate Action Plan, entitled Saint Paul’s Path to Carbon Neutrality: Building Sector

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WHEREAS, the Saint Paul City Council and Mayor Melvin Carter are dedicated to making Saint Paul one of the most resilient cities in the United States and to protecting our city’s air, water, and urban landscape; and

WHEREAS, the international Compact of Mayors, signed by Mayor Chris Coleman, endorsed by the Saint Paul City Council, and reaffirmed by Mayor Melvin Carter, requires the City of Saint Paul to undertake a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory of the city and adopt a Climate Action Plan; and

WHEREAS, the greenhouse gas inventory conducted in 2016 for the year 2015 documented that over 50% of emissions in Saint Paul are generated by the building sector; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul participated in the Xcel Energy Partners in Energy program to develop and implement the building chapter of the Saint Paul Climate Action Plan entitled, Saint Paul’s Path to Carbon Neutrality: Buildings Sector, and

WHEREAS, a technical advisory workgroup was assembled to develop a vision and identify near-term strategies; and

WHEREAS, the near-term strategies in the Plan were linked to the following guiding themes of

importance to the City:

•                     Prioritize conservation, energy efficiency, and energy recovery

•                     Prioritize renewable-based distributed generation and energy storage

•                     Ensure solutions and opportunities are equitable, particularly in communities and households of color

•                     Commit to reducing the energy burden on low- to moderate-income residents

•                     Focus on efforts that result in co-benefits (e.g. employment, economic development, other environmental benefits such as water conservation and improved air quality)

•                     Showcase best practices and innovative solutions; and

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