2017 Challenge Participants
- City of Ann Arbor: Recently adopted a community-wide anti-idling ordinance.
- City of Dearborn: Integrates sustainability as a basic component of the City of Dearborn 2030 Master Plan.
- City of Novi: Incorporates sustainability into its capital improvements planning process.
- Delhi Charter Township: Completed recent audits of all township buildings and converted township lighting to LED.
- Pittsfield Charter Township: 2020 Sustainable Vision prioritizes sustainable initiatives and projects for the township.
- City of Battle Creek: Recently implemented a new curbside recycling program that residents love. The increased volume numbers speak for themselves. With 46 percent more recycling in under a year, we can only hope that this continues.
- Charter Township of Meridian: Currently working to benchmark energy use in municipal buildings.
- Clinton Township: Invested in green infrastructure at the Township Civic Center to improve water quality in the Clinton River and benefit the health of residents.
- Muskegon County (Prize Winner: Most Improved): Internal Muskegon County Sustainability Plan is focused on sustainability within county facilities.
- City of Brighton: Partnered with Waste Management to offer an unlimited recycling program for residents.
- City of Caro: Installed bike racks in the business district to encourage non-motorized transportation.
- City of Ferndale: Sustainability items are incorporated throughout the city’s Master Plan that was adopted on January 23, 2017.
- City of Flint: Recently restored a wetland and installed interpretive signage for the Max Brandon Eco-Park Project, and is implementing similar projects in Flint parks.
- City of Grand Blanc: Completed an energy audit of city facilities and is implementing energy-saving measures.
- City of Ithaca: Helped construct a new 7-mile multi-use path connecting Ithaca and Alma.
- City of Petoskey: Working with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to install a demonstration rain garden as part of the Downtown Greenway Corridor.
- City of Pleasant Ridge: Collaborated with EcoWorks to establish energy consumption benchmarks, and actively tracks energy use of all local government buildings with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program.
- City of River Rouge: Established a revolving energy fund to support energy improvements at the public library.
- City of Traverse City: Adopted a resolution committing to use of 100 percent renewable energy for municipal electricity use, and established a green team made up of public, nonprofit, and private stakeholder-authorities.
- Charter Township of West Bloomfield: Encourages and requires the use of low-impact design and green infrastructure through local ordinances.
- Village of Milford: Implementing recommendations from recent tree inventory and assessment of urban forest.
- Village of Quincy: Offers a new compost site open to residents.
- City of Kalamazoo
- City of West Branch
- Howard City/Reynolds Township
- Monroe County
2016 Challenge Participants
- City of Ann Arbor: Installed over 40kW of solar at a public housing site.
- City of Dearborn: Participates in Wayne County’s property assessed clean energy program (PACE) and established a facilities fund to finance energy projects.
- Delhi Charter Township: In 2016, began a partnership with a commercial waste hauler to provide free curbside recycling to residents.
- Charter Township of Meridian: Helps maintain a healthy environment through wetlands protection, a Land Preservation Ordinance, Greenspace Protection Plan, and Pathway millage.
- City of Battle Creek: During the spring of 2016, in an effort to make the City’s curbside recycling program more robust, 96 gallon, single-steam recycling carts were delivered to each residential home for weekly pick up! During the first three weeks of the program, our contractor (Waste Management) collected 85 TONS more recycling than the same time last year. This has resulted in an 80-percent participation rate so far.
- City of Farmington Hills: Has a well-established sustainability program that has helped them reach their energy conservation and environmental goals through education, outreach, and their current participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.
- City of Novi: Sustainable and green building technologies incorporated into all city facilities.
- City of Allegan: Recently created a Neighborhood Awareness Advisory Board to raise awareness of energy conservation in the neighborhoods.
- City of Berkley: Adopted a policy requiring a new street tree to be planted whenever a new house is built.
- City of Coldwater: Completed their streetlight replacement project, converting over 1,300 mercury vapor and high pressure sodium fixtures to highly efficient LEDs.
- City of Grand Blanc: Converted 70 streetlights to LEDs in 2016 to increase energy efficiency.
- City of Ithaca: Joined the Michigan Main Street program in 2016 to promote placemaking downtown.
- City of Petoskey: Updated its Sidewalk Plan to a more comprehensive Non-Motorized Facilities Plan in 2015.
- Muskegon County: Offers free household hazardous waste, electronics, and tire recycling for all county residents two times per year.
- Village of Milford: Installed a riparian garden as a pilot project to help reestablish a natural shoreline along the Huron River.
- Village of Quincy: Tracks energy use in all Village facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities.
- Charter Township of Kalamazoo
- City of Bangor
- City of Kalamazoo
- Grand Haven Charter Township
- Monroe County
- Village of Vanderbilt
Five communities reached gold certification in 2017, and over 50 gold-level actions were completed. Will your community take the Challenge to be gold in 2018?
Muskegon County receives a $1,500 prize for “most-improved community” for making the most progress from the 2016 to 2017 Challenge at the 2017 MGC Conference.
Four communities reached silver certification in 2017, and 115 silver-level actions were completed. Will your community move from bronze to silver this year?
The City of Dearborn integrated sustainability into its recent 2030 Master Plan and received a gold MGC Challenge certification in 2017.
13 communities were awarded bronze certifications in 2017, and Challenge communities completed 200 bronze-level actions!
The City of Traverse City receives a randomly-drawn $3,000 prize for competing in the Challenge for the first time!
Charter Township of West Bloomfield
West Bloomfield was awarded a bronze-level certification and encourages and requires the use of low-impact design and green infrastructure through local ordinances.
Delhi Township receives a gold certification at the 2017 MGC Conference in Muskegon.