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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 fifth year under the FY2011-FY2015 Sustainability Plan, which illustrates the 2014-2015 significant successes in the citywide initiative towards an economic, social and environmentally sustainable future, as well as our achievements over the course of the past five years under this Sustainability Plan.


    Reports from staff following our fifth 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 FY14 a total of 155 targets were classified as “complete”, in FY15 this number has risen to 188, a 14.5% increase.  As a result, over 81.03% of our targets are now met.


    There are only two targets out of 232 targets showing little to no progress (red) at this time. Two targets which were classified as little to no progress (red) from last years report have since been completed.


    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 over the past five years under our current Sustainability Plan are also included in the Report.


    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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