Little Rock's Clean Energy Pledge
In the 2022 State of the City address, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. tasks the Little Rock Sustainability Office with creating a plan to transition city operations to 100% Clean Energy by 2030. This includes city-owned building operations and fleet transportation.
What are "Clean Energy" goals?
Clean energy refers to any source of power that doesn't emit carbon during generation and distribution. This includes renewable energy, like wind, solar, and hydroelectric, as well as nuclear power. A clean energy goal creates a target to measure all current and future performance. For Little Rock, that means city operations (which includes energy used in city-owned facilities and fuel used in city-owned vehicles) will use 100% Clean Energy or offset the use of any fossil fuels that still power operations by 2030.
What are we doing about it?
To reach this goal, the Sustainability Office has to determine what mix of energy efficiency upgrades and transportation electrification is feasible for the City of Little Rock. We have created a strategic timeline that includes the formation of an advisory committee, assessment of current utility billing systems, an updated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for city operations, and programs for citywide education and engagement.
Data is being pulled from all city buildings, fleet services, and the city-operated landfill to calculate emissions. With this information, we can employ high-impact actions that have been implemented in American cities similar to Little Rock. To inform strategy and city policy, the Sustainability Office staff have been involved with both regional and national cohorts including ICLEI's Race-to-Zero campaign. The City will use a diverse portfolio of resources, including grant opportunities and programs announced with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, to plan for and meet this Clean Energy goal.