Matthew Popkin (Master’s Candidate, Maryland School of Public Policy), an intern working in the City Sustainability program has compiled a list of programs and action plans that other cities are doing. Here is his list:

• Baltimore, MD: The City of Baltimore announced its sustainability plans in 2009, and has since completed four comprehensive annual sustainability reports. These reports cover initiatives and metrics including, but not limited to, engagement, education, cleanliness, emissions, pollution, conservation, transportation, and green economy. Though the focus is on overall sustainability rather than emissions, the sustainability plan states a short-term emissions target of 15% reduction by 2015.

• Rockville, MD: The City of Rockville unveiled its Sustainability Plan in 2007. Despite no emissions targets specifically, there is a heavy focus on environmentally friendly procurement, sustainable development, transportation, waste, and public engagement and education in the third largest city in Maryland. Rockville became Sustainable Maryland Certified in 2012 and has a designated Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Management Division to implement its plan.”

• Chapel Hill, NC: The Town of Chapel Hill initiated its climate action and emissions reduction plans with preliminary discussions between the Town of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005. The Town committed in 2006 to an emissions reduction pledge with assistance from the University’s Carolina Environmental Program. Both the Town and University have established goals of a 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, with incremental targets in the intermediary. The chart below shows the initial plan for Chapel Hill, though the Town has since modified its goals to be exactly in line with the University’s goals.

• Berkeley; CA: The City of Berkeley in California unveiled its comprehensive climate action plan in June 2009 with goals of reducing emissions through building energy use, transportation, land use, community empowerment, and waste reduction. Berkeley committed to an 80 percent reduction by 2050 relative to 2000 levels, with an interim target of 33 percent by 2020. An overwhelmingly favorable referendum vote in November 2006 has motivated the Mayor of Berkeley to take substantial action.

• Madison, WI: The City of Madison released its blueprint of being a sustainable capital city in 2004 and its official Sustainability Report in 2009. The city partnered with a professor and students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning to develop its comprehensive plans to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and with other sustainability goals for
stormwater, air and water quality, and solid waste.

• Montpelier, VT: The City of Montpelier announced a net-zero use of fossil fuels by 2030, partnering with Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, and the Energy Action Network in 2014. This capital city’s efforts are part of a state-wide goal of reducing emissions by 90% and a local goal of seeking to attract innovative energy businesses in the city.111