State of Our Environment City of Ann Arbor

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In July 2007, the Ann Arbor City Council passed Resolution R-330-7-07 that adopted the Environmental Action Plan Guiding Principles and Goals. The Environmental Commission developed these goals over the past few years and recommended City Council review and adopt these goals. The indicators used in the State of the Environment report are intended to measure progress toward meeting environmental goals.

Environmental Action Plan Principles

  • Needs can be met while maintaining environmental quality, public health, and the availability of natural resources for future generations.
  • Environmental quality, economic vitality, and social equity are interdependent.
  • Conservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment are highly valued and quantifiable.
  • Our city is part of larger regional and global communities; our actions impact their environmental, economic, and social equity conditions; and we intend that those impacts be positive.
  • Public awareness is vital to ensuring environmental quality.
  • Policymakers need to be informed with the best available information.
  • Precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
  • Meeting our environmental goals requires a combination of incremental and wholesale behavior changes and technology adoption.
  • Collaboration is necessary in order to achieve our environmental goals.
  • City government is an important partner with residents and businesses in our community with regard to our environmental goals.
  • The City of Ann Arbor strives to be at the forefront of sustainable living through its daily operations, capital improvements, and purchase of products.