RESOLUTION NO. xxxx-2018 (1st resolution)

WHEREAS: Climate change is occurring at a rate unprecedented in human history, threatening to overwhelm the abilities of society and nature to adapt;

WHEREAS: The US government’s November 2017 Climate Science Special Report states that “It is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century;”

WHEREAS: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, the rate at which climate change is occurring is largely the result of the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and combustion of fossil fuels for energy is the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions;

WHEREAS: Extreme weather associated with climate change poses immediate risks; testing our infrastructure, emergency and social services; impacting our access to food, water and energy supplies; heightening disruption of services, commerce and quality of life; increasing cost for disaster relief, restoration, and prevention; and resulting in a commensurate increase in taxes and cost of services to pay for these effects;

WHEREAS: A rapid and significant reduction in global GHG emissions will slow climate change, and mitigate the worst of its effects;

WHEREAS: The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris resulted in a consensus among 195 countries to reduce GHG emissions in order to limit the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2°C (3.6°F);

WHEREAS: Haverford Township recognized this threat in 2008 and responded with a Climate Change Action Plan setting a goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 and Resolution 1685-2008 directing implementation and production of an annual progress report; has achieved the municipal operations component of the goal through cost-reducing installation of LED streetlights and purchasing electricity from a CO2-free source;

WHEREAS: Haverford Township remains committed to being a community characterized by health, safety, livability, prosperity, and equity; it now recognizes that additional measures are necessary to achieve the previous 2020 goal community-wide; and recognizes that additional longer-term goals must be set and achieved to meet consensus worldwide goals

WHEREAS: A renewable energy initiative can produce energy cost savings for residents and local businesses while stimulating new economic activity and local jobs as well as make a significant contribution to reducing Townships GHG emissions;

Be it RESOLVED that:

  • Haverford Township will join other leading towns and cities to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy community-wide, and set a goal to complete this transition to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heat and transportation by 2050;
  • The Board of Commissioners will continue to use the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee as a valuable source of guidance in the creation of an energy transition plan for achieving these goals, to include interim milestones, financial impacts, equity metrics, potential financing mechanisms and percentage of clean energy that is locally produced.
  • The Board of Commissioners will encourage all Township residents to participate in the planning and implementation process;
  • The clean renewable energy will be defined as carbon-free and pollution-free energy generated sustainably from renewable sources such as wind, solar, small hydro, tidal, and geothermal;
  • Locally produced and distributed energy is prioritized whenever feasible for the resilience benefits it provides to the community; and,
  • Haverford Township will seek Sustainable PA Communities Certification to be recognized for its efforts by the public and in grant applications (Pennsylvania Municipal League: http://www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org/pages/certification-details).

 

RESOLUTION NO. xxxx-2018 (2nd resolution)

WHEREAS: The Board of Commissioners has approved Resolution xxxx-2018 stating that:

  • Haverford Township will join other leading towns and cities to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy community-wide, with a goal of completing this transition to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heat and transportation by 2050;
  • The Board of Commissioners will continue to use the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee as a valuable source of guidance in the creation of an energy transition plan for achieving these goals, to include interim milestones, financial impacts, equity metrics, potential financing mechanisms and percentage of clean energy that is locally produced.
  • The Board of Commissioner will encourage all Township residents to participate in the planning and implementation process;
  • The clean renewable energy will be defined as carbon-free and pollution-free energy generated sustainably from renewable sources such as wind, solar, small hydro, tidal, and geothermal;
  • Locally produced and distributed energy is prioritized whenever feasible for the resilience benefits it provides to the community; and,
  • Haverford Township will seek Sustainable PA Communities Certification to be recognized for its efforts by the public and in grant applications (Pennsylvania Municipal League: http://www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org/pages/certification-details);

The Board of Commissioners further recognizes that in order to achieve these goals, Haverford Township will benefit from the cooperation of other governments and elected officials, and therefore calls upon:

  • The Pennsylvania House Representatives and Senate to approve legislation that calls for a transition to 100% renewable electricity in Pennsylvania by 2035 as well as 100% renewable heat and transportation in the state by 2050.
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to increase the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to levels that put us on track to meet 100% renewable energy goals; and,

The United States Congress to address climate change and enact sound, effective legislation with well-established economic benefits to put the United States on track to meet 100% renewable energy goals, such as restoring the October 15, 2012 Final Rule on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards and providing free market incentives such as a Carbon Fee and Dividend.