The Sustainable Madison Committee recommended Monday spending up to $250,000 to figure out how to make city buildings and facilities more reliable on renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
Pending approval from the City Council, the resolution would dedicate the funds to hire a third-party expert to create the plan. Madison’s 2017 capital budget already includes $750,000 for sustainability improvements, including renewable energy installations and energy efficiency upgrades.
The resolution is aimed at improving city operations but also sets a general community-wide expectation to rally around clean energy goals.
Ald. Zach Wood, District 8, said approving the resolution was a first step in a plan of action for the city.
“It’s a step towards a sustainable future that I think everyone knows we need to move toward,” Wood said. “I feel the city needs to be a leader in that regard.”
Wood emphasized the importance of tackling climate change at the local level, especially looking toward a presidential administration that appears to have opposite goals.
The committee did not set dates to complete a plan and accomplish the energy goals but will refer to the expert for a potential schedule.
The resolution will likely be introduced at the next City Council meeting in January.
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