Recognizing October of 2016 as Energy Action Month
WHEREAS, President Barack Obama proclaimed October as Energy Action Month to raise awareness of the importance of conserving energy; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus recognizes the need for energy efficiency and an abundant supply of safe, reliable, and affordable sources of energy for our growing region; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus is leading by example through procuring 15.6% of electricity used in city operations from renewable sources in 2015 and working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from city operations and 20% from the community by the year 2020; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus acknowledges the benefits of assisting income-eligible households to lower their energy costs while increasing the safety and comfort of their homes; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus is willing to work with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to help income-eligible households participate in energy efficiency programs that provide weatherization services, heating improvements, and education on energy usage to residents; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus recognizes the importance of the benefits associated with energy efficiency policies, funding, and programs; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS: That this Council does hereby recognize October of 2016 as Energy Action Month and urges all residents of Columbus to make an effort to increase the energy efficiency of their households.