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    ​​​​The Office of Energy and Sustainability


    ​​    We are committed to the principles of sustainability, where the interdependency of the natural environment, economic system and social structure of the City are recognized. This “triple bottom line” thinking is fundamental to all City policy and program decisions.

    The City of Grand Rapids has completed the Progress Report for its fourth year under the FY2011-FY2015 Sustainability Plan, which illustrates the 2013-2014 significant successes in the citywide initiative towards an economic, social and environmentally sustainable future.

    Reports from staff following our fourth year of the Sustainability Plan continue to show good results. Throughout the years targets have been updated to better reflect data collection methods or to provide a new, extended target for a previously met goal. Nonetheless, we can report that progress was made across the board in all areas of Sustainability. In FY13 a total of 119 targets were classified as “complete”, in FY14 this number has risen to 155, a 15% increase.  As a result, over 66.5% of our targets are now met.

    There are only four targets out of 231 targets showing little to no progress (red) at this time. These targets are not the same targets that were classified as red from last year, which have since been met.

    The report highlights how the City has been successful in meeting many of the targets identified in the Sustainability Plan, in part due to effective partnerships in the community and the region. Additional information about various awards, acknowledgements, and recognitions the City has received in 2013-2014 are also included in the Report.

    For more information about this report contact HarisAlibasic, Director of the Office of Energy and Sustainability.


    Using a system-wide approach to understanding climate change and concrete impacts on the local communities of Grand Rapids, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, developed a Climate Resiliency Report.

    The report focuses on localization of climate change impacts and sets specific recommendations for the city to build resiliency in the local community and strengthen disaster recovery. Goals of the report are to initiate discussion and further enhance projects, policies, programs, and planning actions enabling Grand Rapids to mitigate the effects of climate change, to adapt to its impacts, and to utilize emerging sustainability opportunities. 

    To review the report in full, click here.​




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