Auburn Hills Recognized as a Leader in “Sustainability”

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Experts believe that communities which intentionally take a long-term perspective and manage their resources properly today, will in turn, be healthy and resilient in the future.  Thus, be “sustainable.”

So it was nice that the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) recognized the City of Auburn Hills last night as a “Sustainable Community.”  

The Sustainable Community Recognition Program was developed by SEMCOG to recognize communities that have taken the initiative to incorporate sustainable activities into their practices.

For local governments, sustainability is about achieving economic prosperity while protecting the environment and providing a high quality of life for its residents.

Green Roof at the Public Safety Building

Some of the activities the City of Auburn Hills was commended for were the following:

  1. Being the first municipality in the State of Michigan to adopt a Green Building Policy.
  2. Using multiple techniques to reduce pollutants and also serve as an educational forum for residents and developers.
  3. Adding a green roof on the Robert W. Grusnick Public Safety Building that reduces its heating and cooling costs.
  4. Creating the Riverwalk Master Plan that guides redevelopment of the Clinton River corridor.
  5. Developing the Tri-City Pathway Plan (with Rochester and Rochester Hills) to promote safe pedestrian travel.
  6. Utilizing a 5-Year Fiscal Budget.

So, we now join five other governmental organizations which have received this excellent recognition – Novi, Farmington Hills, Westland, St. Clair County, and Howell.

Not too shabby.