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American Cities Climate Challenge

St. Petersburg is an American Cities Climate Challenge Winner

Since June 2017, mayors from 280+ cities and 2,000+ business and investors representing 154+ million Americans have said WE ARE STILL IN and will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement even after the formal withdrawal of participation by the United States.

The American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) is an opportunity for 25 cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents.

As one of the ACCC winners, St. Pete is accepted into a two-year acceleration program with powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help us meet – or beat – our goal to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% by December 2020.

What St. Pete Receives

Through the ACCC, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide a robust technical assistance and support package, valued at more than $2 million, including:

  • A philanthropy-funded team member to facilitate the development and passage of high impact policies
  • Data, design, and innovation resources to help city officials design and deliver bold programming
  • Citizen engagement support to maximize community buy-in
  • Polling and communications support to amplify your megaphone
  • Implementation coaching to drive results
  • Robust peer-to-peer learning and networking to ensure the 25 Leadership Cities learn from and push one another
  • Rapid response grants to accelerate impact
  • Access to resources from: Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.; Delivery Associates; National Association of City Transportation Officials; Institute for Market Transformation; Rocky Mountain Institute; World Resources Institute

Accelerating St. Petersburg’s Climate Action

The following polices and action items were selected as some of the best ways to reduce St. Pete’s GHG emissions 20% by 2020. Our work plan has been categorized into Foundational (F), Ambitious (A), and Moonshot (M) action items. To understand our baseline data, you can review the City’s first-ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory here: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Summary 

Building Sector
  1. Deep energy efficiency retrofits and retrocommissioning of municipal facilities (F)
  2. Meet municipal electricity demand with renewable energy (F)
  3. EV charging in municipally owned parking lots (F)
  4. Energy code review and enforcement (F)
  5. Private sector challenge programs for energy efficiency in buildings (F)
  6. Workforce development programs (F)
  7. Energy efficiency/renewable municipal financing/performance contracting mechanisms (A)
  8. Scale up & expand residential solar co-op program (A)
  9. Scale up Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) non-profit financing model: energy efficiency, weatherization, resiliency, and renewables (A)
  10. Implement first Duke Energy community solar for energy equity benefiting low income area (M)
Transportation Sector
  1. Improve public transit speed, reliability and user experience (e.g. bus-only lanes, all-door boarding, real-time arrival information, apps) (F)
  2. Implement high priority segments in the walking and bicycling network to be safe and inviting to all, including for those using transit (F)
  3. EV Education and incentives (F)
  4. Encourage new mobility options (F)
  5. Commuter incentives (F)
  6. Electrify city fleets and buses (F)

The award summary is also available in PDF format: ACCC Award Summary

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