Mayor Chris Beutler has released the final Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) to guide City action in the areas of energy, land use, transportation, waste and water. The LEAP was introduced at the City Council meeting Monday, December 11 and includes changes suggested by the community since the draft plan was released in July.
The Council will have a public hearing and vote on the LEAP Monday, December 18. The final plan is available here.
Suggested changes in the final plan include:
- a new strategy to streamline the permitting and review for solar energy facilities;
- a more comprehensive strategy that includes areas surrounding the urban core, such as Wilderness Park, saline wetlands and prairie corridors;
- increased metrics to demonstrate improvements associated with the Green Light Lincoln project;
- Increased support for electric vehicles, transit and biking; and
- More aggressive goals to reduce solid waste going into the City landfill.
Mayor Beutler said the LEAP also guides several other initiatives moving forward in the next few weeks and months. Those include the following:
- The implementation of energy savings performance contracts, a tool to improve the energy efficiency of City streets lights and public buildings and save taxpayer dollars.
- The development of a prairie corridor to preserve our landmark landscapes and promote eco-tourism.
- The testing of new autonomous vehicle technology to improve travel times, increase safety and reduce fuel costs.
“Investing in a Cleaner, Greener Lincoln creates what industry and economists call a ‘Triple Bottom Line’ – it returns economic, social and environmental value,” Beutler said. “This innovative thinking, planning and building are big reasons Lincoln continues to shine on the national stage.”
- Media Release by the City of Lincoln, Mayor’s Office
- Resolution 17R296 – Lincoln Environmental Action Plan
Ways you may support the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP)