Recipients of the 2010 Oakland County Green Excellence Awards
The City of Wixom has a long history of innovative operating policies and initiatives aimed at delivering services effectively and efficiently. True to those precepts is Wixom's "Green" approach to the environment. In recognition of Wixom's "Green" efforts, the City was awarded the Oakland County Green Community Excellence Award. Several examples of these "Green" efforts are listed below:
- Wixom Renewable Energy Park - when finalized, this park will be the world's largest renewable energy manufacturing, training & research & development park
- Village Center Street Light System Optimization and Control Project - completed through an EECDBG Multi-Purpose grant will result in an annual savings of 88,349 kwh/year
- Motor Pool/Fleet Green Retrofits - retrofitting heavy equipment, trucks & police vehicles with quick connect oil change system reducing required oil changes by 50%
- Yard Waste Reclamation and Reuse - landfill avoidance of 80,000 cubic yards and an approximate municipal cost savings of $30,000
- Compressed Workweek - $8,800 annual savings in natural gas and electricity, $18,700 fleet fuel reduction and employee fuel/time consumption by 1/5
The City of Novi has long been a proponent of sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives and demonstrates this in a number of ways:
- In 2007, the Novi City Council established a strategy to allow and encourage green building and development. City Council passed resolutions to encourage new private developments to be energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable. Following the strategy, the design and construction of the new Novi Public Library (opening June 1, 2010) includes sustainable measures to limit impact on the natural environment, reduce operating costs, and maximize user comfort, providing an environmentally friendly and healthy space for the community.
- In 2009, the Master Plan update offered additional goals related to Green Building and sustainable design best management practices, non-motorized transportation, rapid transportation, and includes a Green Infrastructure Map, (created in partnership with Oakland County's Green Infrastructure program).
- The City of Novi recently updated the woodland and wetland protection ordinances in place since the mid-1980's. The City has also adopted new ordinances that provide standards to permit wind turbines and solar panels at certain locations throughout the City.
- The City of Novi has an on-going street tree and park tree planting and maintenance program, with 6500 trees planted by the City over the last five years. Nearly 35,000 street and park trees have been inventoried, with the subdivision street trees estimated to have a value of over 9.7 million dollars.
- The City of Novi is a recipient of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant(EECBG) in the amount of $533,100 from the Department of Energy. The majority of the EECBG grant funds will be used to implement energy-reducing projects at City facilities.
- A Walkable Novi Committee was formed to encourage walking, biking and other non-motorized transportation in the City. Since 2006 an inventory of "missing links" in the bike path and sidewalk network is updated each year, with new priorities identified for consideration and inclusion in the Capital Improvement Program.
- Green pages were recently launched on cityofnovi.org. These pages highlight eco-conscious tips for homes and businesses as well as ways for citizens to engage in environmentally friendly practices.
Please see attached Novi photo
The City of Farmington Hills continues to make advancements in energy and environmental sustainability. In 2010, the City saw the completion of the City Hall Revitalization Project (awaiting LEED Certification at the Gold Level); the installation of an 18.9 KW solar PU array; passage of a fleet vehicle anti-idling policy; and the adoption of a municipal sustainable building policy.
Farmington Hills was one of three cities that received the Green Community Excellence Award at the 2010 Oakland County Green Summit. The City also received an Honorable Mention as a "Michigan Green Leader for 2010" from the Detroit Free Press. Special projects that received recognition for promoting energy and environmental sustainability included the revitalization of City Hall; performance contracting, which is bringing energy efficient improvements to multiple City facilities; its energy efficiency incentive program; the establishment of the Green Efforts Committee; and the creation of www.sustainablefh.com, the City's sustainability website.
Recipients of the 2009 Oakland County Green Excellence Awards
City of Auburn Hills
The City of Auburn Hills has a long history of recognizing the positive contribution of natural resources on resident quality of life as well as the ability of the City to attract and maintain a high quality workforce. The City has implemented several ordinances and policies to protect the environment, including a Woodlands Ordinance (1990), Wetlands Ordinance (1994), Open Space Ordinance (2001), and a Wetland/Watercourse Buffer Ordinance (2003).
They have also installed:
31 stormwater BMPs at 14 locations throughout the City, 8 rain gardens, 3 cisterns, 2 infiltration trenches, 3 infiltration planter boxes, 2 vegetated swales (native plants), 1 green roof, 2 bio-swales, 2 impervious grass/pavement, over 15 acres of turf grass has been converted to native wildflowers/grasses.
The City's most recent action in protecting the environment is the adoption of a Green Building Policy on November 13, 2006. The City's Green Building Policy seeks to encourage the voluntary achievement of LEED certification for municipal and private development projects. The City of Auburn Hills is the first local municipality in the State of Michigan to adopt a green building policy. The City currently has one development that received LEED certification: Dr. Tobola Dentistry, which is the first LEED-certified dentist office in Southeast Michigan. A second development, Cooley Law School, is currently pursuing LEED certification. Also, a number of new developments have incorporated sufficient green elements to be LEED certified but have not chosen to pursue certification.
City of Birmingham
The City of Birmingham is working on green building issues through their Sustainability Committee, now in its third year. This committee is working on issues such as education, energy conservation, native landscaping, recycling and hazardous waste, green purchasing, vehicle and fuel use and water conservation. Through this planning they have lowered their natural gas use by 40%, lowered energy use through the use of motion detectors and retrofitted lighting, worded to reduce the overall use of paper in operations and encouraged their citizens and businesses do the same. The City of Birmingham received an LED lighting grant from the State of Michigan in 2010 to install LED lighting throughout Pierce St. parking structure, and this work was completed in 2011. Efforts to promote increased recycling among businesses have also been successful.
City of Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills is taking a giant leap in rebuilding their city hall to a Gold LEED certification. This project will turn a decades-old facility with poor energy efficiency into a leading example of energy efficiency, natural lighting, water efficiency, sustainable siting, demolition recycling and indoor air quality. The city is also using performance contracting to bring energy efficiency to many city facilities and is using porous paving, bio swales, rain gardens and other strategies to limit runoff issues around the city.
City of Rochester Hills
The City of Rochester Hills has a long history of sustainable practices. Since 1960's, they have encouraged Open Space Preservation development, their Pathway Plan has seen 86 miles of paved non-motorized paths, they have led with Wetland, Watercourse and Tree Preservation Ordinances, they operate an Environmental Education Program, performed a Natural Features Inventory, have passed a Green Space Preservation Millage and passed a land use Master Plan encouraging LEED standards. Perhaps, the hallmark of their green efforts is their successful resident recycling program, RecycleBank. This innovative program was the first of its kind in the State of Michigan to reward their residents for recycling. Since the programs launch in 2009, recycling has increased 19% to more than 90%. All further proving that Rochester Hills committed to environmental sustainability.