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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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C. S. Mott Foundation Grant to Assist Green Communities Network in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - This month the Michigan Municipal League Foundation was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for the Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Network. The network is a statewide conglomerate of more than 400 local leaders who come together for education, to share best practices, and to assess sustainability efforts.

The MGC network includes League partners at the Michigan Townships Association, the Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Energy Office.

“We appreciate the Mott Foundation’s support, which will allow us to strengthen this program and concentrate on innovative energy projects, including a focus on clean energy,” said Samantha Harkins, President of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. “The League has identified green initiatives as one of the eight assets of building great communities, and a partnership with Mott will allow us to put a spotlight on sustainable projects and programs across the state.”

The Mott Foundation recently launched a new grant making initiative that supports the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at the community level.

“We want to strengthen the network of Michigan communities and businesses using clean energy and help them overcome barriers to using new technologies,” said Sam Passmore, director of the environment program at the Mott Foundation. “The Green Communities Network is doing a good job of spreading clean energy solutions, and we want to advance those efforts.”

The Green Communities Challenge is run by the MGC Network and is the only statewide tool to track sustainability progress at the community level. The challenge also recognizes and honors various communities annually for their environmental leadership, said Luke Forrest, a program manager for the League who focuses on environmental sustainability and other issues.

“More than 150 local governments have already participated in MGC Network activities and this assistance from the Mott Foundation will help us reach even more communities,” said David Norwood, City of Dearborn sustainability coordinator and co-chair for the Michigan Green Communities Steering Committee. “It will also allow us to continue to discover and share additional success stories across the state and identify priority areas for further policy and program development.”

Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.





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