Lincoln, Nebraska, Mayor Chris Beutler released a draft of the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) to guide city action in the areas of energy, land use, transportation,
“The Lincoln Environmental Action Plan is how we come together as a city and make the same commitment to
The LEAP grew out of work by the mayor’s Environmental Task Force and has been in development for about one year. The city is seeking public input on the draft LEAP before the final plan is presented as a resolution to the city council in August. Residents will be able to review the draft plan, ask questions and make comments through Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at lincoln.ne.gov.
The plan will be reviewed and updated every two years.
LEAP outlines the following strategies to reach goals in the five environmental areas:
increase the recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030 with a comprehensive residential and commercial recycling plan;
increase waste and recycling diversion in city buildings to help meet
develop a construction and demolition recycling strategy for publicly supported construction projects.
convert street lights to LED technology;
improve energy efficiency in municipal buildings; and
improve the energy efficiency of new homes and buildings.
develop electric vehicle infrastructure;
implement the Green Light Lincoln program for more environmentally friendly traffic flow; and
reduce vehicle traffic by increasing access to alternate transportation.
- Land use
replace ash trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer; and
increase urban agriculture opportunities.
- Water resources
conserve Lincoln’s water and plan for future need; and
develop a consistent watershed funding source to prevent flooding and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.
LEAP also includes information on the city’s progress in the five areas and profiles of several local businesses that are practicing environmental sustainability. The mayor says investments by the private and public sectors create a “triple bottom line.”
“When we conserve water, save energy and recycle, we contribute to the city’s environmental bottom line,” Beutler says. “When our residents,