Grandville’s Clean Water Treatment Plan
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
10:00 – 11:00 am EST
Call in: 734-794-6099, Bridge: 43720
The City of Grandville was honored with the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Community Excellence Award for their clean water treatment plant expansion project. The expanded plant incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology. The facility is the first in Michigan to use an egg-shaped anaerobic digester and bio-gas cogeneration system that will create heat and power for the plant to offset energy requirements and save money.
Todd Wibright, Clean Water Treatment Plant Superintendent; Ken Krombeen, City Manager, City of Grandville; and Brian Hannon, Project Engineer, Moore and Bruggink, Inc. will provide an overview of the expanded plant and lessons learned during design and implementation. Tune in to learn about this exciting project and ask questions.
Congratulations to the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments for receiving a 2012 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation for the Northern Michigan Community Placemaking Guidebook.
The guidebook was released earlier this year to provide information and resources to help communities implement placemaking. It includes case studies of placemaking projects in six Northern Michigan communities.
The NWMCOG is also a facilitator for the Grand Vision Project in Northwest Michigan.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail
The US EPA recently announced a new set of technical assistance tools available through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The next round of applications will be accepted starting September 24. EPA is providing webinars 9/21 and 9/27 for communities interested in learning more.
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected local and/or tribal governments using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. The purpose of delivering these tools is to stimulate a discussion about growth and development and strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches.
In 2013, EPA will select up to 44 communities for assistance. Each technical assistance project in a community will include:
- Public engagement, a one-day workshop that is open to the public.
- Direct consultation with relevant decision-makers.
- A memo outlining specific steps the community could take to implement the ideas generated during the site visit.
Technical assistance will be delivered by EPA staff and by four nonprofit organizations with extensive expertise in sustainable communities. These organizations—Forterra, Global Green USA, Project for Public Spaces, and Smart Growth America—have received grants from EPA to offer assistance using tools they have chosen.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or Twitter.
Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction is hosting the "Built Environment Showcase - Today and Tomorrow" on Thursday, October 25th in East Lansing.
This event is designed to bring together the many industries and professions that create the built environment. The "built environment" is used to refer to that sector of our economy that works to provide settings for human activity, including buildings, parks, green space, neighborhoods, cities, and supporting infrastructure. Both the private and public sector have direct impacts on this sector, providing jobs and generating direct economic impact.
The purpose of the BESTT event is to showcase the impact of this sector, provide opportunity for interaction and explore new public/private partnerships.
The event will feature a day-long exhibition as well as presentations on the impact of placemaking on the built environment and a panel discussion. The event is free and open. For more information and to register, visit the BESTT website.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304.