Lake County, IL
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File #: 20-1197    Version: Name: Joint resolution committing Lake County Government Operations to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Type: resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/27/2020 In control: Energy & Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 9/8/2020
Title: Joint resolution committing Lake County Government Operations to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Attachments: 1. Resolution - Net Zero Policy_2020.08.28.pdf, 2. Financial Impact of Net Zero Policy Presentation 09 02 20 EE meeting.pdf, 3. Resolution - Net Zero Policy_2020.09.02.pdf, 4. Public Comments 47
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Joint resolution committing Lake County Government Operations to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Staff Summary
* During previous meetings, the Committee discussed the importance of the County achieving net zero emissions in its operations and directed the sustainability team to research options for achieving this goal.
* At the Committee's May 2019 meeting, the sustainability team presented a preliminary analysis outlining how net zero emissions can be achieved in Lake County government operations. The sustainability team subsequently returned in November 2019 to present Committee with additional information on the path to net zero emissions, to clarify the goals and strategies, and to receive direction on next steps.
* At the July 2020 meeting, the sustainability team provided draft resolution language with more specific details on rationale, goals, milestones, and reporting requirements of the draft Net Zero Policy.
* Based on direction from the Committee, the sustainability team is returning to present the resolution on Net Zero Emissions and provide requested financial impact information.

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JOINT RESOLUTION COMMITTING LAKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS TO NET ZERO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
FOR THE PURPOSE OF affirming and re-stating the commitment of Lake County, Illinois to promoting environmentally sustainable initiatives to help deter the harmful effects of climate change.

WHEREAS, the Lake County Regional Framework Plan encompasses several goals related to energy conservation, reducing emissions, promoting renewable energy, protecting natural resources, and implementing smart growth policies as part of its commitment to strong environmental protection measures; and

WHEREAS, Lake County further demonstrated its commitment to reducing its impact on climate change by joining the County Climate Coalition and affirming its support for the Greenest Region Compact; and

WHEREAS, Lake County is susceptible to the devastating impacts of clima...

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