Michigan Green Communities (MGC) is the largest statewide network within the Midwest Regional Sustainability Network (MRSN). MGC currently has the support of over 80 local governments and universities. A project group of five graduate students at the University of Michigan has worked along with MGC to strengthen the network by providing cities with the tools necessary to increase their environmental and economic sustainability. The three major focus areas of the project are:
1. To engage in outreach to strengthen the central mechanism for cities within the MGC network by creating a geographic user-defined interface to highlight projects occurring state-wide and encouraging collaboration through 3 regional workshops in Traverse City, Muskegon, and Detroit.
2. To assess electricity consumption within a case study city (Wyandotte, MI) and provide a framework for cities in the MGC network to evaluate how their energy consumption is impacting their local economies.
3. To promote state and local policies that address sustainability through the development and maintenance of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge.
Identify expected products/deliverables:
A plan and the first concrete steps towards the development of the Michigan Sustainable Cities Network.