The MGC Challenge is an annual program that serves as a guide to help communities measures their progress towards sustainability. This rating system is open to all local governments in Michigan.
MGC Challenge Benefits:
- Roadmap for sustainability initiatives
- Earn bronze, silver, or gold certification for your community
- Benchmark your own community’s progress towards sustainability initiatives
- Compare and compete with other Michigan communities
Participating in the Challenge takes two steps:
- Register for an online account – Participation is free and open to any local government in Michigan.
- Fill out the action items and reporting metrics – After registering, you’ll have access to an online form where you 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 for 2017 is April 30, 2017. You may make changes to your checklist anytime up to this date. Changes made after this date will count towards next year’s Challenge.
All communities that participate in the Challenge earn positive recognition for their sustainability efforts. The three recognition levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – acknowledge progressively higher levels of achievement. The following table outlines the requirements for each certification level.
Challenge participants earn a logo to display on their website and in print materials, will be publicized at the annual conference and on the MGC website, and will be included in a press release.
The Michigan Green Communities Challenge 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.