Sustainability is one of the key components of the city comprehensive plan adopted last fall.
Communications director Rhonda Everdyke said the city is following through with that goal — and through other initiatives as well — in its own operations, announcing that City Hall is “100 percent sustainable.”
She said the city has purchased renewable energy credits to offset its own carbon footprint. This, she said, translates into an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions of 6,200 metric tons a year for 2017.
Excess carbon dioxide increases the “greenhouse effect” by allowing more heat to be trapped in the atmosphere, causing global warming.
Purchasing the credits doesn’t mean the city is getting its energy fully from renewables, explained City Councilor Ken Camera, D-Ward 4, who is an energy consultant. It does mean that an equal amount of renewable power (in the city’s case, wind) will be produced, instead of fossil fuels, in another part of the U.S.