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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2016
Michigan Communities Honored for Clean Energy Achievements
Green Challenge Moves Locals Toward Sustainability
Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have been honored in the statewide Michigan Green Communities Challenge for their sustainability efforts in projects ranging from green building technology to LED streetlight conversions.
Twenty-two communities were recognized for clean energy and environmental leadership by the Michigan Green Communities Network (MGC), which aims to connect community leaders through training, education, and communications. The MGC is a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, and Michigan Townships Association. The original Challenge launched in 2009 and emphasized energy efficiency projects. In 2016, MGC network members, with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, revised and relaunched the MGC Challenge. Program benefits include creating a roadmap for sustainability initiatives; establishing benchmarks for your community’s progress toward sustainability initiatives; and the motivation of comparing and competing with other Michigan communities. The Challenge competition will happen annually, with the next round expected to open in early 2017.
“We were really excited to relaunch the Green Communities Challenge this year with some new incentives and with the support of the C.S. Mott Foundation,” said Dave Norwood, co-chair of the MGC Steering Committee. “The response was fantastic and the communities being honored have a lot to be proud of. We’re impressed with the innovative sustainability work and projects happening in Michigan’s communities.”
As part of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge, participating local governments were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze “medals” reflecting community leadership in areas such as clean energy programs and sustainability planning. New to this year’s program is the availability of $3,000 in awards to participating programs. Communities involved in the program will have the chance to win one of three $1,000 randomly drawn honors. The MGC $1,000 winners randomly selected were the City of Allegan, the City of Berkley, and the Village of Milford.
Below is a breakdown of the recipients by level.
View the MGC website, http://migreencommunities.com/, for more details.
For additional information, contact Jamie Kidwell-Brix, MGC network coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and (734) 249-8055; or Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League media relations director, at email@example.com and (734) 669-6317.
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