Trenton will be a leader in conservation by reducing its community-wide carbon footprint and improve water conservation throughout the City.
As identified within the City of Trenton Energy Master Plan (2010), the USEPA estimates that buildings account for approximately 40% of all carbon emissions in the United States. Further, 50% of the energy consumed by a typical building is attributable to the heating and cooling and another 20% consumed by lighting.
In 2015, Trenton achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification, demonstrating leadership and how much the City can accomplish towards long-term sustainability. Trenton’s position as the State Capitol presents an opportunity for sustainability leadership through the promotion of building energy efficiency.
In addition, the City of Trenton also published a Climate Action Plan (2010) calling for increased building efficiencies, energy use reductions, and air quality improvements. However, there is no designated entity within City Hall that is responsible for advancing the plan and ensuring that benchmarks are being met. The City should empower the Division of Planning to require new construction to meet efficiency standards. In addition, the City of Trenton should work with its power supplier to reduce energy usage, monitor air quality, and reduce pollution from the generating facility immediately south of the City.