On August 11, 2009, City Council unanimously approved the Climate and Environment Protection Resolution submitted by the Mayor. The resolution, developed by the Policy Committee of the Green Team, acknowledges the many activities the City has already undertaken, and paves the way for additional efforts that will position Rochester as a livable, green city. Already in place for Rochester are:
Climate Action Plan
A major new effort that will be funded in part by federal stimulus funds, is the development of a Climate Action Plan. The first step will be the preparation of an inventory of greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions resulting from City operations and activities. The inventory will provide a baseline which can be used to set goals for emission reductions and to identify where ghg emissions can be reduced through energy efficiency and conservation measures. The Climate Action Plan will be our roadmap for specific actions to reduce ghg emissions, with the resulting benefits of decreasing air pollution, creating jobs, and saving money.
Stimulus Funds & EECBG
As part of the federal stimulus program, the City’s Division of Environmental Quality has been awarded a total of nearly $2.2 million in Energy, Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant funding. $250,000 of that amount has been received and is being used to prepare our ghg inventory and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.
For more information, please contact Anne Spaulding in the Division of Environmental Quality at (585) 428-7474,
or Jerdine Johnson, Mayor's Coordinator of Green Initiatives, at (585) 428-6288.