On March 19, 2019 Borough Council passed a Ready for 100% Renewable Energy Resolution, with the intention of transitioning all Borough-owned property away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources by the year 2050. Council then asked Ambler’s Planning Commission to develop a Strategic Transition to Renewable Energy Plan, with the intention of turning it over to a professional advocate, perhaps at the county level, who would ensure continuity between the RF100 plans of surrounding municipalities with similar aspirations. This Strategic Transition to Renewable Energy Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on July 28, 2020 and by Borough Council on October 20, 2020.
Planning for the future of renewable energy in Ambler with a data-driven approach can help meet the borough’s challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events. Both Ambler’s RESOLUTION NO. 2019-03 Ready for 100% Renewable Energy Resolution as well as the development of this Ambler Borough Strategic Plan: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy from 2020 to 2050 are consistent with current guidance at both the state and federal levels. The Borough is already making changes in this direction with Electric Vehicle Chargers, LED Streetlights, and Stormwater Management. Ambler continues to be a local leader in the field of sustainability, in large part due to the volunteer efforts of our Environmental Advisory Council.
Councilperson Nellie DiPietro says “I’m proud of the way our borough came together to ensure our progress towards sustainability lasts beyond our individual times in office. It was a pleasure working with everyone and I’m so thankful for all their hard work and great feedback!”
The Planning Commission discussed a wide range of options during their public meetings on this topic with Councilperson Nellie DiPietro, Ambler’s County Planner Michael Lowrey, and Code Enforcement Officer Glenn Kucher. Conservation opportunities, potential solar panel locations, electric vehicle availability, and possible ordinance language were all considered. Be sure to check out the full plan on Ambler Borough’s website: boroughofambler.com/ambler-borough-strategic-plan-transition-to-100-renewable-energy-from-2020-to-2050.”