Grand Rapids received $1.938 million in formula funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. This program was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The funds can be used for a number of energy efficiency and conservation projects throughout the City which are limited in scope and concentration. There is a relatively strict timeline in which the funds can be obligated and subsequently used. The Office will coordinate the work done under this program, including the development of a comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy for the City.
The City has established a Renewable Energy Team, consisting of the Mayor and two City Commissioners, along with key City staff and interested stakeholders. The Team meets on a bi-monthly schedule and receives reports from staff on recent activities and provides guidance and advice on renewable energy projects.
The City of Grand Rapids has completed the Progress Report for its second year under the FY2011- FY2015 Sustainability Plan, which illustrates the 2012 significant successes in the citywide initiative towards an economic, social and environmental sustainability future. This year’s Progress Report shows that 100% of the Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Targets have been completed or are in progress, up from 92% last year, and progress towards meeting all targets has been steady across each plan area.