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CCI is proud to support the City of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0 as part of the experts convened to address buildings and the built environment. The new Climate Action Plan is expected to be released in 2017. The new plan is also being coordinated with the City’s resilience planning efforts.
The Climate Action Plan is broken into seven chapters: Food & Agriculture, Buildings & the Built Environment, Energy Production, Waste and Refuse, Carbon Sequestration, Transportation, and Local Government. Each chapter will contain a list of objectives and actions that help reach an overall goal of percentage decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from that sector.
Buildings and the Built Environment constitute a significant portion of carbon emissions. The 2008 carbon inventory reported that 18% of all citywide emissions came from the residential sector and an additional 47% from the commercial building sector. Drilling down further, according to the PCAP 2.0, of the small slice (3%) of total emissions represented by municipal government emissions, a third (33%) of those municipal emissions came from the Housing Authority and 6% came from Urban Redevelopment Authority properties.
Across the country, residential housing usually consumes about 24-25% of all energy. So fixing residential building issues is a big part of solving carbon issues. If you have recommendations for residential carbon reductions, please contact CCI with your input through December 2016.