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Featured Resources on Green Initiatives

 

Location Efficiency and Housing Type: Boiling it Down to BTUs is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report that illustrates “the relationship between household energy consumption and residential development patterns.

Michigan Saves is a program to help all types of Michigan energy consumers – businesses, institutions, and residents – afford energy efficiency and renewable energy  upgrades. 

Resources for Wind Projects in Local Michigan Communities and Resources for Solar Projects in Local Michigan Communities are Michigan Energy Office resource pages for sample zoning guidelines, studies, incentive programs, and other information for communities looking into wind and solar energy.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive searchable database on state, federal, and local utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Detroit is research consultant Mari Gallagher's 2007 report on "food deserts" in Detroit  and other cities, and how the lack of food buying options impacts the community.

The Michigan Green Communities Challenge is a step-by-step action plan for Michigan communities as they implement energy efficiency and conservation practices.

EECBG Training for Entitlement Communities was a 2009 program for cities,  townships, and counties designated as Entitlement Communities under the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and was presented jointly by the League, the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Energy Systems, and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office.

National League of Cities Sustainability Program (NLC) offers examples and best practices from other cities.

Paragon Collaborative Training offers coaching to develop leadership skills for emerging leaders in all sectors of green-related industries while simultaneously contributing to critical environment and energy-related social needs.

The Green Economy is former vice president Al Gore's online journal of thoughts on creating an economy based on sustainability.

Gardens for Growth is an exciting new program sponsored by the Michigan Land Bank that allows local residents to lease and then purchase vacant lots across the state to be used as community gardens.

Growing Hope is a Ypsilanti-based  non-profit organized to supply the community with the tools they need to grow their own food, especially in urban areas.

Michigan State University’s Organic Farm is a certified organic year-round teaching and production farm that is helping the Capital region become the center of sustainable local food production efforts.

HomeGrown Local Food Summit gathers Washtenaw County stakeholders interested in improving and re-localizing the food system. The related Ten Percent Washtenaw Campaign envisions 10% of the food consumed in Washtenaw County being grown locally within the next ten years.

Michigan Energy Forum meets each month at SPARK Central in Ann Arbor "to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors, and talent.” Register and find updated information on the SPARK Event Calendar.


 

 

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