The City of Keene integrates the principles of environmental integrity, social equity, and economic prosperity into plans, practices, policies, and partnerships. Our goal is to provide innovative solutions to our City’s challenges while engaging, educating, and motivating the Keene community. We define sustainability as “meeting the environmental, social, and economic needs of our community without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs.”
Sustainable Energy Goals
In January 2019, the Keene City Council adopted Resolution R-2018-36 (Sustainable Energy Resolution) which set the following goals:
- That 100% of electricity consumed in the City will come from renewable energy sources by the year 2030, and
- That 100% of thermal energy and energy used for transportation will come from renewable energy sources by the year 2050.
These aspirational goals apply to the entire community, not just municipal operations. Furthermore, the City Council made a commitment to develop a plan to achieve these goals by December of 2020. To learn more about this effort, or to get involved, please contact Mari Brunner, staff liaison to the Energy and Climate Committee: (603) 352-5440 or mbrunner at ci.keene.nh.us.
Keene has a reputation for being first to take new and creative approaches towards solving community issues. From decisions in the 1700s regarding placement of the community meetinghouse and planting elm trees in Central Square to addressing contemporary issues like climate change and community sustainability, we continue to be recognized within the region, the state, the nation, and in various places in the world for innovative, practical efforts and solutions.