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Legislation #: 170586 Introduction Date: 8/10/2017
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS TAYLOR, WAGNER, JUSTUS, LOAR, SHIELDS, MCMANUS, JAMES, JR., BARNES JR., LUCAS, REED AND CANADY
Title: Directing the City Manager to evaluate the feasibility of implementing certain methods to advance the City’s environmental goals related to the Paris Climate Agreement, to be known as the Renewable Energy Now Resolution, and to report back to the Council by March 1, 2018.

Legislation History
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8/8/2017 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/10/2017 Referred to Finance and Governance Committee
8/16/2017 Immediate Adoption
8/17/2017 Adopted as Amended

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RESOLUTION NO. 170586, AS AMENDED

 

Directing the City Manager to evaluate the feasibility of implementing certain methods to advance the City’s environmental goals related to the Paris Climate Agreement, to be known as the Renewable Energy Now Resolution, and to report back to the Council by March 1, 2018.

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City has been a leader in acknowledging the effects of climate change, on the City, region, State and Nation; and

 

WHEREAS, the City, in partnership with local energy providers, the business community and general public, is making progress to ensure that buildings are more energy efficient, wind and solar are increasingly a greater part of the City’s electricity mix, and electric vehicles are being used in significantly greater numbers; and

 

WHEREAS, one hundred ninety-five (195) countries, including the United States, committed to address climate change by signing the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015; and

 

WHEREAS, each signatory country to the Paris Climate Agreement stated its intention to make certain contributions toward the overall goals of the Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States stated its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below its 2005 levels by 2025; and

 

WHEREAS, Mayor Sly James reaffirmed the City’s commitment to abide by the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement by joining other mayors from cities across the country in pledging to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement”; and

 

WHEREAS, Council, in Resolution No. 170484 adopted on July 20, 2017, asserted that the City “continues to support the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement” and the City “will continue to stand with cities and other public and private sector partners throughout the world to advance action in accordance with the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement”; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager, in consultation with the City’s Climate Protection Plan Steering Committee, local energy providers, and other key stakeholders including large employers, financial institutions, and community leaders, is directed to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the following initiatives and report back to the Council by no later than March 1, 2018:

 

A)                Procuring one hundred percent of the electricity for municipal operations from renewables within three years, and challenging all universities, public and private schools, hotels, and hospitals in the City to do the same.

 

B)                Bringing ninety percent of municipal buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. to Energy Star certification within five years, and challenging all universities, public and private schools, and hospitals in the City to do the same.

 

C)                Developing an energy efficiency initiative for employees of the City that they can undertake in their homes by June 30, 2018, and challenging the ten largest employers in the City to do the same.

 

D)                Developing an initiative to increase energy and water efficiency, solar, and electric vehicles (EV) in underserved communities by June 30, 2018.

 

E)                 Developing a strategy for increasing customer interest in clean energy financing, including Property Assessed Clean Energy investments and investments at time of refinancing, with an emphasis on low-income multi-family building owners by June 30, 2018.

 

F)                 Developing five 1 megawatt community solar facilities for municipal employees and employees of universities, schools and hospitals by December 31, 2019.

 

G)                Requiring disclosure of any energy efficiency and renewable features in applications for economic development projects seeking a form of tax abatement or other economic incentives by December 31, 2018.

 

H)                Developing an EV purchasing plan and procurement collaborative for fleets of public and tax-exempt entities by December 31, 2018.

 

I)                   Implementing a City-wide plan to synchronize traffic signals to reduce vehicle emissions and reduce transit times by citizens, and providing a cost-estimate of this plan.

 

J)                   Developing a program of training City building code inspectors and private residential and commercial building staff to achieve at least 75 percent energy code compliance by June 30, 2018.

 

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