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Michigan Green Communities

Michigan Municipal League's Michigan Green Communities (MGC) is a statewide network of local government staff that collaborate with one another through peer learning and information sharing to promote innovative sustainability solutions at the local, regional, and state level. The annual Michigan Green Communities Challenge is a key part of the program and allows participants to track and benchmark their sustainability progress.


Danielle Beard, Michigan Municipal League

Julie Staveland, EGLE


EGLE's Catalyst Communities Initiative works hand in hand with the MGC Challenge to maintain a resource hub of guidance documents and examples specific to the sustainability action items listed in the MGC Challenge. The MGC Challenge establishes what to do and the Catalyst Communities Initiative provides direction on how to do it.  


Participating in the MGC Challenge gives your community access to free technical assistance and peer learning opportunities. As a participant, you can join one of two cohorts:

1. The Catalyst Leadership Circle

Open to Silver & Gold MGC Challenge Communities

This cohort is developing and accelerating sustainable best practices for Michigan communities. This group meets every other month to tackle climate and sustainability challenges in their communities. The Catalyst Leadership Circle also includes a Fellowship program designed to help these communities reach their climate and energy goals while developing a pipeline of passionate, capable students ready to enter the workforce in sustainability careers after gaining hands-on, applied knowledge.

Visit the Catalyst Leadership Circle & Fellowship Webpage to learn more. 

2. MGC Accelerator Cohort

Open to Bronze & Silver MGC Challenge Communities

This cohort is aimed at helping MGC Challenge participants move from Bronze to Silver or Silver to Gold. The cohort will kickoff in January 2023 and meet monthly. The first topic of focus will be implementing green infrastructure ordinances & practices in communities. Planning & zoning experts will assist communities with a light zoning audit and identify green infrastructure solutions to pressing needs. Once the cohort is done with the green infrastructure module, this self-directed group will select another topic.

Sign up for the MGC Challenge to participate.

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