Energy Action Plan

Fayetteville has exhibited leadership in our deliberate pursuit to reduce community wide energy usage through numerous city and community led plans, programs, and actions. In the past, these activities have often been led by the City government, but are increasingly being implemented by utility companies, building design professionals, local non-profit groups and community organizations. 

In an effort to encourage and foster continued improvements in the Climate and Energy sector, the City has undertaken the development of an Energy Action Plan. This process is currently underway.

This page will be updated as portions of the plan are solidified. 
Energy Efficiency


In early 2017, the City Council approved Resolution Number 45-17 which expressed the City Council’s support for the study and development of an Energy Action Plan in 2017.

City staff enlisted a group of stakeholders with expertise in the fields of energy conservation, energy efficiency/green building design and retrofit, renewable energy design and installation, electric and gas utilities, facilities management, and elected official to develop the framework for this plan.

The stakeholder group utilized the Sustainable Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities (STAR) outline to identify actions, policies, programs and partnerships to create the basis of the plan.

The STAR rating system defines community scale sustainability and presents a vision for communities to become more healthy, inclusive, and prosperous across seven goal areas. The STAR goals and objectives allow local governments and their communities to more effectively strategize and prioritize their sustainability planning efforts. 

Goals and Framework 

The Energy Action Plan is structured around the Climate and Energy Goal Area from the STAR Communities framework which focuses on reducing community-wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. GHG reduction will be the primary indicator of energy and resource efficiency for Fayetteville's Energy Action Plan. 

Comprehensive GHG emissions reduction will be tackled through four implementation categories. Achievements in each category will allow Fayetteville to see ongoing reduction in overall GHG. The Energy Action Plan will create implementation steps and measurable actions to:

  1. Increase energy efficiency in new and existing structures. Reduction target yet to be determined.
  2. Increase the renewable energy supply and delivery at all scales. Reduction target yet to be determined.
  3. Advance multi-modal transportation alternatives and vehicular fuel efficiency. Reduction target yet to be determined.
  4. Improve solid waste reduction, diversion and recycling. Reduction target for this objective was set when the Recycling and Trash Master Plan was adopted. Fayetteville will strive to achieve a 40% diversion rate by 2027. 
These four implementation categories were derived from the STAR Communities framework and were prioritized by the stakeholder group based on applicability, community wide impact, cost, and political likelihood. 

Next Steps

Detailed steps that lay out schedules, resources and metrics will be developed to ensure proper sequencing and the integration of strategies across the community.

Determining the appropriate timing and funding of specific strategies must be coordinated across departments and support must be gained from community businesses and leaders.

Most importantly, community outreach, education, and engagement must be successful in order to put the implementation of this plan into motion.