The first Michigan Green Communities Conference, held Friday at the Lansing office, was a great success. We had approximately 70 attendees, despite the nasty weather, ranging from city administrators to elected officials to representatives from partner organizations. Panelists shared case studies and experiences working on energy efficiency in their communities. Each panel was supplemented by a breakout session, giving all participants a chance to brainstorm and share ideas. Attendees were enthusiastic about the League's efforts around environmental conservation and would like our support in creating a more formal and sustained network moving forward.
The event was co-sponsored by DELEG, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Network and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office. Sue Jeffers was honored during lunch by Amy Butler, Director of the MI Bureau of Energy Systems for all her hard work getting the Green Communities Challenge off the ground. Rob Ferrari recorded all the presentations, which will be shared via our website. We also got some nice press coverage, including from the Chicago Tribune.
Luke Forrest is a Project Coordinator with the Center for 21st Century Communities. Call him at 734-669-6323 or email him.