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Re: E-M:/ MDEQ Director Congratulates Grand Rapids for Sustainability Efforts

Enviro-Mich message from "Thomas Leonard" <thosjleonard@gmail.com>

Mayor Heartwell issued a challenge for purchasing 20% renewable energy
by the year 2008 and the City is exploring a landfill gas collection
project to generate electricity in concert with its Biosolids disposal
practices, along with a possible role in a new wind farm being
proposed in northwest Michigan.  A Renewable Energy Team meets
regularly to review and discuss progress on these initiatives.  GR is
also partnering with AMP-Ohio to purchase the blocks of green power
necessary to meet the Mayor's goal.  The City will determine its GHG
reduction through a third party to verify the resulting impact of
these activities.   The City partners with the Kent County Waste to
Energy facility to produce steam from the combustion of municipal
refuse for production of electricity by the local utility company and
to sell to downtown businesses for heat.  The City's fleet now uses
biodiesel fuel, the Parking services department uses electric vehicles
for travel between its various facilities, and the Police Department
is experimenting with a hybrid vehicles.  Multiple staff utilize the
hybrid vehicle technology for their own personal vehicles that are
also used for City business.

On 3/30/07, Craig_Riley@urscorp.com <Craig_Riley@urscorp.com> wrote:

Congratulations to the City of Grand Rapids! It shares this spotlight with
some great cities!

 Is anybody on this list aware of the specific goals referenced for use of
renewable energy? Has the City of Grand Rapids established a renewable
portfolio standard?



DEQ Director Congratulates Grand Rapids for Sustainability Efforts

Contact:  Robert McCann (517) 241-7397
 Agency: Environmental Quality

March 29, 2007

Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester today
congratulated the city of Grand Rapids for their Community Sustainability
Partnership efforts that recently earned them a sustainability award from
the United Nations University. Grand Rapids is the first city in the nation
to achieve this award, and one of only thirty throughout the world,
including Barcelona, Spain, and Toronto, Canada.

Grand Rapids has established goals to raise the use of renewable energy
sources in the city, develop programs to harness landfill gas, and capture
wind power to produce energy for municipal buildings.

"I applaud Grand Rapids' efforts to grow their community while utilizing
innovative approaches to protecting our environment," said Director Chester.
"I look forward to our continued partnership with the city to enhance the
environment and invest in our future."

Eight companies in Grand Rapids have been designated by the DEQ as Clean
Corporate Citizens, the most of any city in the state, and Grand Rapids has
more LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified
buildings than any city in the United States other than Seattle.

Editor's note: DEQ news releases are available on the department's Internet
home page at www.michigan.gov/deq.

"Protecting Michigan's Environment, Ensuring Michigan's Future"

Revised March 29, 2007 by Pat Watson

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