How green is your community? Find out by participating in the Green Communities Challenge and a chance to receive $1,000 to further the green initiatives in your area.
The Green Communities Challenge is a program of 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, with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, revised and relaunched the MGC Challenge.
“Communities that invest in sustainability initiatives are seen as more attractive, and those investments pay off in terms of property values and other positive economic indicators,” said Sandra Diorka, director of public services for Delhi Township and co-chair of the MGC steering committee.
Added MGC steering committee co-chair Dave Norwood, sustainability coordinator for City of Dearborn, “This Green Challenge will allow communities to see how they stack up against others in terms of sustainability and will hopefully motivate them to take on even more green efforts.”
This year’s MGC Challenge, which helps communities measure their progress in sustainability initiatives, is now open. Also, communities are encouraged to talk about sustainability challenges and opportunities at this year’s MGC Conference in Lansing, June 15. Read more about the conference.
The MGC Challenge is an annual program that serves as a guide to help communities measure their progress towards sustainability. This rating system is open to all local governments in Michigan.
MGC Challenge benefits include creating a roadmap for sustainability initiatives; earning bronze, silver, or gold certification for your community; establishing benchmarks for your community’s progress toward sustainability initiatives; and the motivation of comparing and competing with other Michigan communities.
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.
Participating in the Challenge takes two steps: 1. Register for an online account. Participation is free and open to any local government in Michigan; 2. Fill out the action items and reporting metrics. After registering, communities will have access to an online form where people can complete the Challenge action items checklist, indicating which projects and initiatives are underway in your community, and Challenge reporting metrics.View a PDF of the Challenge actions and reporting metrics.
The deadline for certification this year is June 30, 2016. Participants may make changes to the checklist anytime up to the deadline date. Changes made after this date will count toward next year’s Challenge.