Monday, March 26, 2012

Green Works Philadelphia Presentation

Greenworks: Goals, targets, and Initiatives
Presentation by Sarah Woo of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability 

  • Lower City government energy consumption by 30% 
    • 85,000 incandescent traffic signals replaced with LED's - saved $1million /year!
  • Reduce citywide building energy consumption by 10%
  • Retrofit 15% of housing stock with insulation, air sealing and cool roofs
  • Purchase and generate 20% of electricity used in philadelphia from alternative sources 
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by 20%
    • Regional and city emissions inventories underway for 2010
    • Now tracking GGE yearly with the Delaware Regional Planning Committee
  • Improve air quality toward attainment of federal standards
    • Purchased 740,000 gallons of biodiesel in 2010
  • Divert 70% of solid waste from landfill
    • Philadelphia recycling rewards has helped double diversion rate since 2008 (originally was 6%!, now individual recycling rate was 24%)
  • Manage stormwater to meet federal standards
    • Green city, Clean Waters submitted for approval to EPA
  • Provide Park and Recreation Resources within 10 minutes of 75 percent of residents
    • Green2015 plan for 500 acres of new open space launched in 2010
  • Bring local food within 10 minutes of 75 percent of residents
  • Increase tree coverage toward 30% in all neighborhoods in 2025
  • Reduce Vehicle miles traveled by 10 percent
  • Increase the state of good repair in resilient infrastructure
  • Double the number of low and high skill green jobs 

What are the challenges Philly MOS faces?
1. Behavior Change
2. Enacting Policy Change 

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