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Center for 21st Century Communities
Green Initiatives are critical for any community intending to be viable in today’s economy. The way we use energy and natural resources impacts our quality of life and our financial bottom line. Potential to grow green industries, implement sustainable practices, and get on the cutting edge of current trends exists right here in Michigan. 21c3 provides Technical Services and Solutions to communities who are committed to “going green.”
The League will provide guidelines for creating sustainable communities through the Michigan Green Communities Challenge, a program designed in collaboration with the state energy office, the Bureau of Energy Systems, to ensure that Michigan has the tools we need to implement short-term and long-lasting actions. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, through the stimulus recovery act, requires that all communities who wish to receive funds prepare a strategy for energy efficiency and conservation. This challenge is specifically designed to help you develop your strategy.
The League is assisting EEBCG recipients (as well as all communities of the state) and has developed a powerpoint presentation for communities to use with their residents. The powerpoint provides basic information regarding the importance of energy efficiency and conservation practices by communities and also provides helpful tools for residents as they review their own personal energy usage in their homes and activities. The powerpoint can be downloaded by communities for use on websites and as a basis of informational programs for residents. The League has also compiled a summary of projects Michigan's Green Communities have already undertaken with the help of federal energy funding.