The City’s Climate Action Plan identified key priority actions for community energy and water efficiency goals. Among other initiatives, the plan addresses options for promoting conservation and energy efficiencies through municipal operations, community-wide energy efficiency, community-wide water conservation, community landscaping practices, traffic and transportation policies, energy conservation and renewables, community initiatives, and community waste reduction, among others. The plan includes Costs-Impacts Analysis as well as sections titled, “How to Do It.”
These actions leverage community education and state financial resources and provide strategies for implementation across the City. It is recommended that the City hire a Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO) that works directly with the Mayor as a top-level advisor to develop a resiliency strategy and sustainable practices that help the City withstand shocks and stresses and to conserve energy and water throughout the City. It is anticipated that the CRO will advocate to and for businesses and agencies located within the City and the local community to maximize innovative sustainable management practices and minimize the impact of unforeseen events.
Creating the Trenton250 Stormwater Management Report will be effective in helping to address water contamination. Gold Certification from Sustainable Jersey would also be a major accomplishment, demonstrating the City’s continued commitment to conservation and energy efficiency.