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    Sustainability in Grand Rapids


    The Office of Energy and Sustainability coordinates the City’s
    efforts in energy efficiency, sustainability, conservation and renewable energy. In doing so, the Office works with key staff from the Executive Office, Environmental Services, Water System, Community Development, Economic Development, Planning, Facilities/Fleet Management and many others. The focus of the Office of Energy and Sustainability has revolved around two major efforts that impact both the Sustainability and Transformation Investment Plans—strategic energy management and climate resiliency planning.​


    Energy Efficiency and Conservation
    2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.pdf2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.pdf
     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.
    Renewable Energy
     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.
    Renewable Energy


    The City of Grand Rapids has completed the Progress Report for its third year under the FY2011- FY2015 Sustainability Plan, which provides information on the significant advances made in the citywide initiative towards an economic, social and environmentally sound future. This year’s Progress Report shows how significant advancement was made across the board in all areas of sustainability, with 51% of the targets met and 48% shown as being in progress. Only two out of 233 targets are showing little to no progress at this time, accounting for less than 1% of all targets. To read the FY2013 Sustainability plan click the link below.

    Sustainability Plan:Third Year Progress Report

    Economic Development
    The Office also works with the Economic Development Department and The Right Place, Inc.​, to attract companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields and spur investment in Grand Rapids and the region.


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    Dr. Haris Alibašić
    Director of the Office of
    Energy & Sustainability