Fayetteville developing strategic plan for sustainability


Photographs by Andy Shupe

Ellis Stevenson (right), 6, helps volunteer Cindy Mao Friday as they clean the bleachers in the Yvonne Richardson Community Center in Fayetteville. City staff completed a lighting and insulation upgrade for the center in 2015 that included LED lighting inside the gymnasium as well as an LED lighting upgrade in gym that replaced 400-watt lights with brighter and more efficient 100-watt lights. The project was figured to have a 6-year pay back term.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A call to action from residents, initiatives on the federal level to roll back environmental protections and a coal-heavy energy grid have prompted the city to develop a road map to higher energy efficiency.

Energy Action Plan

STAR Communities outlines objectives to achieve goals in energy efficiency and sustainability. Fayetteville has used this framework as the basis for its Energy Action Plan.

• Greenhouse gas mitigation — Achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions throughout the community.

• Greening the energy supply — Move the local energy supply for transportation and non-mobile sources toward renewable, less carbon-intensive and less-toxic alternatives.

• Energy efficiency — Minimize energy use and demand in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors as a means to increase efficiency in the community.

• Local government greenhouse gas and resource footprint — Lead by example by reducing local government greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing energy and water use in local government facilities and specified local infrastructure.

Source: Staff report

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To learn more about the city’s Energy Action Plan, go to: bit.ly/fayenergyplan

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