Michigan Green Communities Events
2016 Annual Conference
This year's MGC event will help communities build capacity for climate and energy planning in their community. This peer-to-peer learning event will feature breakouts on identifying local challenges to climate and energy planning and how to identify intervention points in the planning process to make an impact. MGC network members will also introduce the newly revised 2016 MGC Challenge, a tool to help communities benchmark sustainability progress.
Prior Annual Conferences
View agendas, videos, and presentation slides from previous annual conferences:
Since its inception, Michigan Green Communities has held regular webinars where local governments and their partners share about projects underway in their communities. The webinars provide a forum for sharing lessons learned, getting questions answered, and highlighting best practices. Topics covered include:
Framing sustainability for the public
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing
Community energy planning
Plug-in electric vehicle community preparedness plan
Employee engagement programs
Promoting green infrastructure through the zoning ordinance
Lessons learned from a stormwater utility
Best practices for recycling programs
Town-gown sustainability partnerships
Regional sustainability planning
Have a project you’d like to present or a topic you’d like us to cover? Contact MGC with ideas.
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Michigan Green Communities
MGC partnered with the Institute for Sustainable Communities to present the Michigan Green Communities Leadership Academy: Advancing Sustainability and Economic Development on July 16 and 17, 2012. The event brought together teams of 3-5 people from 18 communities for an intensive peer-learning and sharing workshop.
View a workshop synopsis and resources.
Ann Arbor SPARK, The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, MEDC Michigan Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Siemens, Summit Foundation, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network provided support for the event.
In February 2012, Michigan Green Communities partnered with the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the Regional Energy Demonstration Centers to host a series of day-long workshops. The workshops brought together local government staff and their nonprofit partners from within smaller areas to share success stories and lessons learned, and to build relationships within each region. View resources from the regional workshops.