Metro Government and the Nashville Department of Transportation (NDOT) are soliciting public feedback on potential measures to address “climate change.”
In a tweet, NDOT said, “Metro Nashville wants to hear from YOU by Tuesday, May 31! Your answers to the Climate Action Plan Survey will help shape how the city addresses climate change. #climateactionnash,” and then linked to a survey.
Metro Nashville wants to hear from YOU by Tuesday, May 31!
Your answers to the Climate Action Plan Survey will help shape how the city addresses climate change. #climateactionnash
— Nashville Department of Transportation (@NashvilleDOT) May 24, 2022
The survey begins with an introduction. “In February 2020, Mayor John Cooper established a Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) of over 50 community volunteers. In early 2021, the SAC presented its recommendations to address climate change. Climate change is real, and it is already harming Middle Tennessee,” it says. “But our actions can make a difference. (For more information about climate change in Nashville, the SAC, and its recommendations check out our Frequently Asked Questions.)”
“Now, Metro Nashville and the SAC want to hear from YOU. This survey will take about 10 minutes. Your ideas will help us decide how to tackle climate change in Nashville. Thank you,” it added.
Respondents are then asked to rank three strategies in order of importance in the following categories: saving energy in buildings, cleaning up electricity, reducing landfill trash, and electrifying motor vehicles.
Choices include: “Educate Nashville Electric Service customers about energy efficiency,” “Get privately-owned buildings to meet energy-efficiency targets,” “Give Nashville Electric Service (NES) customers credit for the renewable energy (e.g., solar) they generate,” “Find low-performing Metro buildings and make energy-saving improvements to them,” “Get NES’s 100 largest customers to install solar panels,” “Set a city-wide clean electricity goal,” “Require recycling of construction and demolition waste,” “Require users to pay for the amount of trash they throw away,” “Require new homes be “EV-Ready” (ready to charge an electric vehicle),” “Ban food scraps from trash collection and start curbside compost collection,” and “Ask big companies to add electric vehicle charging onsite.”
Respondents are further asked to rank ways to “reduce vehicle miles traveled.”
Once those parts of the survey are completed, the public is asked to post their “ideas for other ways to fight climate change in Nashville” and to discuss barriers that prevent individuals from “going green.”
The survey concludes by asking for demographic information. The choices for gender in the survey include Transgender Female, Transgender Male, and Gender Variant/non-conforming.
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