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    2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
      The City of Syracuse has been a leader in Central New York on energy efficiency and sustainability efforts since the late 1990s. Initial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories were conducted by the City in 2000 in collaboration with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and detailed tracking of the City’s energy use started in earnest in 2002 in the Engineering Department.

    In 2010, Mayor Stephanie Miner created the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability which is tasked with advancing sustainability initiatives including but not limited to those pertaining to energy, clean air, clean water, stormwater management, smart growth, green building, natural resource protection, environmental advocacy and education, as well as interaction with local, state and federal agencies. The Mayor’s “50 Point Plan” identifies reducing “Syracuse’s carbon footprint” and “volume and impact of energy consumption in the City of Syracuse” as two of six key goals for sustainability. One strategy identified to accomplish these goals is conducting a carbon footprint assessment for city operations and the broader community.

    In 2011, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability staff, students from SUNY-ESF, and a graduate intern through the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board’s Climate Change Innovation Program collected data and performed analysis for the Syracuse government and community GHG inventories. This document is a summary of the Miner administration’s 2010 GHG emissions inventory. A full report on the inventory is available at City of Syracuse 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report.
      GHG Pie Chart CommunityCommunity
    GHG Emissions Inventory

    The total community GHG emissions for 2010 was 1,566,437 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e), representing a 2% reduction in emissions from 2002 levels. This total includes emissions generated through vehicle travel within city limits, energy and natural gas usage by all residences and businesses in the city, and emissions created through waste management.

    *Commercial data includes rental properties with more than four units.
      GHG Pie Chart MunicipalMunicipal Operations
    GHG Emissions Inventory

    In 2010, the City of Syracuse municipal operations accounted for 29,493 metric tons of CO2e, a 20% reduction from 2002 levels. The primary contributor to municipal GHG emissions is the city vehicle fleet, followed by buildings and facilities, airport facilities, and streetlight and traffic signals.
      GHG Community Bar GraphForecasting the Future

    Under a business-as-usual scenario, by 2020 the City of Syracuse would reach 1,662,777 metric tons of CO2e as a community and 29,493 metric tons of CO2e in its municipal operations. As the Mayor and Common Council have articulated in key strategy documents (Mayor Miner’s “50 Point Plan”) and legislation (Common Council Resolution 21-R-2002) the City is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and climate change. City staff and topic area experts are in the process of developing strategies to further reduce GHG emissions by 2020.
      GHG Municipal Bar GraphStrategies for Change

    The City’s Sustainability Plan, a component of the Comprehensive Plan, will be a road map for strategies to address the challenges of climate change and will include specific measurable goals and actions that the city will monitor as it pursues municipal and community-wide sustainability. City staff and community experts are in the process of developing goals and a draft Sustainability Plan which will be available for community input in 2012.

    The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability welcomes comments and suggestions from the community.

    Contact the Bureau at 315-448-8174.
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