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Winners of Green Communities Challenge announced at EGLE-hosted sustainability conference

Gold award winners of Michigan Green Communities ChallengeThree dozen Michigan communities from across the state were recognized as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge for their commitment to sustainability projects from creative energy financing to improving green infrastructure.

Dearborn, Delhi Township highlighted
in EGLE videos as Green Communities

EGLE recently made available two videos that highlight the
efforts of the city of Dearborn and Delhi Township as green
communities.

The Michigan Green Communities program is a peer-to-peer
network of local government leaders working together to
overcome barriers in the path toward environmental
sustainability.

Each video is less than two minutes long. Check
them out below:

City of Dearborn Video

Delhi Charter Township Video

Communities received their awards recently in Lansing, at the annual Michigan Sustainability Conference, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Michigan Green Communities (MGC).

"MGC connects community leaders through training, education, communications, and the annual MGC Challenge program," said EGLE Environmental Manager Jeff Spencer, who serves on the MGC's steering committee.

Recognized projects ranged from increasing tree canopy in Dearborn, committing to 100% renewable electric energy in Petoskey, and increasing recycling rates in Ithaca.

This year's MGC Challenge included participation from villages, townships, cities, and counties across the state. Program benefits include creating a roadmap for sustainability initiatives; establishing benchmarks for community progress toward sustainability initiatives; and the motivation of comparing and competing with other Michigan communities.

The Challenge competition occurs annually and is available year-round as a tool for communities to benchmark sustainability.

In 2019, Michigan communities took more than 500 actions toward becoming more sustainable and reported over 300 metrics to track their progress. With a 20% increase in participation from 2018, the Challenge continues to demonstrate a growing commitment to sustainability in the state.

MGC is a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Townships Association, EGLE, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Challenge is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


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