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The City of Ferndale has been recognized as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge for its commitment to sustainability projects. The City was one of three-dozen communities who received awards at the annual Michigan Sustainability Conference, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Michigan Green Communities (MGC), on November 20 and 21 in Lansing.
Ferndale was awarded a Silver Certification and recognized specifically for its full LED streetlight conversion, which is in process and is set to be complete by the end of 2019. Ferndale Sustainability Planner Erin Quetell was in attendance to accept the award.
Michigan Green Communities (MGC) connects community leaders through training, education, communications, and the annual MGC Challenge program. MGC is a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Townships Association, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC). The Challenge is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. This year’s MGC Challenge included participation from villages, townships, cities, and counties across the state. Program benefits include creating a roadmap for sustainability initiatives; establishing benchmarks for your community’s progress toward sustainability initiatives; and the motivation of comparing and competing with other Michigan communities. The Challenge competition occurs annually but is available year-round as a tool for communities to benchmark sustainability
In 2019, Michigan communities took over 500 actions towards becoming more sustainable and reported over 300 metrics to track their progress. With a 20-percent increase in participation from 2018, the Challenge continues to demonstrate a growing commitment to sustainability in the state.
For more information, including a look at the other 35 communities to be awarded, visit the MGC website, http://migreencommunities.com/.