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Michigan Green Communities 2011 Conferencegreen

October 28, 2011
Christman Building
208 N. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933







Recaps and Resources

Curious what your peers are doing to implement sustainable practices in their communities? Need help in avoiding the hidden hurdles and pitfalls along the way?

Recently, an enthusiastic gathering of municipal staffers and others representing over 40 local governments and universities took part in a special full-day conference in Lansing to learn more about sustainability work throughout Michigan, sponsored by the MDEQ Office of Environmental Assistance.

In fact, we believe the issue is so important, we wanted to share some of the highlights and key resources provided at the event. The whole point is sharing information and ideas among those who are leading the way toward a greener future for Michigan. To participate in the network, sign up for the Green Communities Challenge.


Breakout Discussion Notes

PowerPoint Presentations and Videos

Green Communities Challenge Progress Report
Jeff Spencer, Michigan DEQ
Seth Federspiel, Benjamin Bunker and Anthonia Chan, University of Michigan
Joel Howrani Heeres, WARM Training Center

Enhanced Residential Curbside Recycling
David Norwood, City of Dearborn

Sustainable Cities
Kathleen Pepin, University of Michigan-Dearborn


Mark Clevey
Michigan Energy Office

Green Local Economy: Combining Community and Economic Revitalization



Mark Vanderploeg
City of Holland

Community Energy Planning and Economic Competitiveness


LeRoy Harvey
Meridian Township

Anne Rauscher
Greater Lansing Food Bank

Local Food Networks


Melanie McCoy
Wyandotte Municipal Services

Alternative Energy Planning



Patty O'Donnell
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Water Conservation and Storm Water Management


Jamie Kidwell
City of Ann Arbor

Sustainability Indicators and Framework


Wally Delamater
Village of Suttons Bay

Joint Planning Initiatives


Wendy Barrott
Clean Energy Coalition

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)


Steve Cohen
City of Auburn Hills

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure


Suzanne Schulz
City of Grand Rapids

Complete Streets




For more information, contact:

Luke Forrest
Program Coordinator
Michigan Municipal League

Jamie Kidwell
Midwest Regional Sustainability Network Coordinator
734-794-6430 x 43720



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