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Michigan Green Communities Challenge Action Guides

The Michigan Green Communities Challenge Action Guides include background information on why the initiative is important, who to involve and how to approach implementation, and resources to help communities adopt the initiative. Contact MGC if you have additional resources to share.

Administration & Planning (AP)

AP 1.1 Government Sustainability Team
Action Guide
Report from Green Impact, “Green Teams: Engaging Employees in Sustainability”

AP 1.2 Community Sustainability Team
Action Guide

AP 1.3 School District Coordination

Action Guide
“Zeeland Public School District’s Sustainable Solution

AP 2.1 Community Master Planning

Action Guide
City of Dubuque Sustainability Indicators
ICLEI STAR Community Index: Sustainability Goals & Guiding Principles

AP 2.2 Community Sustainability Plan

Action Guide
Grand Rapids Plan
Rockford Plan
Report from SEMCOG, “A Framework for Sustainability in Southeast Michigan”
ICLEI STAR Community Index: Sustainability Goals & Guiding Principles

AP 2.3 Community Climate Change Plan

Action Guide
Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan
State of Michigan Climate Action Plan
Report from US EPA, “Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations”
Climate Protection Manual for Cities

AP 2.4 Community Open Space and Recreation Plan

Action Guide

AP 2.5 Farmland/Food System Plan

Action Guide
MDARD Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program Overview
MDARD Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program Requirements

AP 3.1 Sustainable Community Ordinances

Action Guide
Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance
Otsego County Wind Zoning Ordinance
Washtenaw County Model Wind Ordinance
Ann Arbor Green Building Incentive Ordinance
Sylvan Lake Design Guidelines
Grand Traverse County Stormwater Ordinance
DeWitt Stormwater Ordinance

Built Environment (BE)

BE 1.1 Policies Encouraging Sustainable Behavior
Action Guide
Report from Green Impact, “Green Teams: Engaging Employees in Sustainability”

BE 1.2 Energy Conservation Outreach

Action Guide
Save-A-Watt in Wyandotte Program
ICLEI Resource Guide

BE 1.3 Home Energy Efficiency Programs

Action Guide

BE 1.4 Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Action Guide
Ann Arbor Program Report
Public Act 270 of 2010

BE 2.1 Local Government Building Efficiency

Action Guide
US EPA Guide to Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations
US EPA Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit

BE 2.2 Community Building Efficiency

Action Guide
US EPA Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit

BE 3.1 Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Action Guide
Dearborn Adopt-A-Watt Case Study
International Dark-Sky Association Guidelines for Lighting Regulations
International Dark-Sky Association Model Ordinance

BE 3.2 Tracking Government Energy/Water Use

Action Guide

BE 3.3 Tracking Community Electricity Use

Action Guide
Economic Energy Analysis Tool Overview
Economic Energy Analysis Tool
Economic Energy Analysis Tool User Guide
Holland Community Energy Plan

BE 4.1 Complete Streets Program

Action Guide
East Lansing Non-motorized Transportation Plan
Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Complete Streets Policy
Smart Growth America Complete Streets Policy Analysis
Smart Growth America Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook

BE 4.2 Government Alternative Transportation

Action Guide

BE 4.3 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Action Guide
Auburn Hills Ordinance
Edison Electric Institute Guide to Electric Vehicle Readiness

Economic Development (ED)

ED 1.1 Local Food and Agriculture
Action Guide

ED 1.2 Promoting Local Business

Action Guide
Small Business Association of Michigan’s Economic Gardening Blueprint

ED 1.3 Buy Local Program

Action Guide

ED 1.4 Sustainable Business Recognition Program

Action Guide
Meridian Township Green Star Program

ED 2.1 Greening Existing Business

Action Guide
Report from Green Impact, “Green Teams: Engaging Employees in Sustainability”

ED 2.2 Developing Clean Economy Industries

Action Guide

ED 3.1 Green Jobs Advisory Council

Action Guide
Detroit Regional Workforce Fund

ED 3.2 Local Green Job Corps

Action Guide

Natural Resource (NR)

NR 1.1 Community Forestry Plan
Action Guide
Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Plan

NR 1.2 Tree Planting Program

Action Guide

NR 1.3 Tree Hazard, Health and Maintenance

Action Guide
Tree Care Poster

NR 2.1 Government Vehicle Fleet Audit

Action Guide
Ann Arbor Green Fleets Policy
Fleet Electrification Roadmap

NR 2.2 Government Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Action Guide
Ann Arbor Green Fleets Policy
Fleet Electrification Roadmap

NR 2.3 Anti-Idling Policies

Action Guide
Sample Ordinances

NR 3.1 Renewable Energy Projects

Action Guide
NALGEP Guide to Green Energy on Brownfields
US Department of Energy Guide to Solar Power for Local Government
US Department of Energy Guide to Purchasing Green Power

NR 4.1 Water Conservation Plan

Action Guide

NR 4.2 Watershed Protection Plan

Action Guide
Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Plan
Lake Leelanau Watershed Plan
Little Traverse Bay Watershed Plan

NR 4.3 Stormwater Management Plan

Action Guide
Saginaw Township Plan
City of Jackson Plan

NR 4.4 Stormwater Utilit
y
Action Guide
Ann Arbor Guidelines

NR 4.5 Community Water Conservation Education

Action Guide

NR 4.6 Low-Impact Design Policies

Action Guide
Southfield Guidelines
SEMCOG/MDEQ Manual
The Value of Green Infrastructure

NR 5.1 Recycling and Waste Reduction Programs

Action Guide
Meridian Township Green Star Program
Meridian Township Program Brochure

NR 5.2 Government Procurement Policy

Action Guide
MDEQ Green Purchasing Tips
MDEQ Guide to Environmental Purchasing

NR 5.3 Government Building Waste Audit

Action Guide
RRRASOC Business Waste Audit Program

NR 5.4 Community Composting Program

Action Guide

NR 5.5 Hazardous Waste Disposal Services

Action Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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