Phase 1 of the Sustainability Plan focuses on air quality and emissions including energy use and production, solid waste, and transportation. Projects helping to increase air quality are creating walkable/bikeable neighborhoods, creating incentives for sustainable development and infill, and increasing existing buildings efficiencies. The Task Force will use inventory and emissions data gathered over the past year to make informed strategy decisions. The air quality and emissions section has been separated from phase 2 because it is such a large part of the Sustainability Plan, and covers a variety of different subjects.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Goals:
The City of Manassas Sustainability Plan will support the region’s goal of 50% greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030 and 80% by 2050. The region’s goals come from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). An organization comprised of local governments in Virginia (including Manassas), Maryland, and the District of Columbia that helps serve the region and plan for the future. Read MWCOGs Regional Climate and Energy Action Plan to learn more.
In August 2021, Paul Bubbosh and Joel Hicks, two professors from George Mason University, reached out to the City to offer their services to develop and implement a Sustainability Plan for the government and community. At no cost to Manassas, GMU offered to conduct an inventory analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions from government sources, and then to engage the community Task Force in developing strategies, plans, and initiatives as part of the Sustainability Plan.
The City is grateful for GMU’s assistance on its Sustainability Plan. For more information about GMU’s efforts to assist Virginia counties and cities, please visit their web page.
Understanding where we are now will help make informed decisions when later in the process. There is one report for the City government, and one report for the community. In addition, there are reports covering data from 2018 and 2020.
Phase 1 – Meetings
- June 6, 2022
- September 21, 2022: Sustainability Task Force Kick Off Meeting
- November 7, 2022: Sustainability Task Force Meeting 2
- January 26: Sustainability Task Force Meeting 3