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Dearborn wins environmental leadership award at Michigan Green Communities conference

The Rouge Gateway Trail is one of many "green" features in Dearborn.
The Rouge Gateway Trail is one of many "green" features in Dearborn.

The City of Dearborn was recognized February 25 by the Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Challenge with a gold seal of achievement, reflecting community leadership in areas such as conservation, green economic development, and sustainability.

Dearborn was one of only 11 communities to receive the Challenge’s highest level of recognition at the MGC conference in Flint.

This is the second year that the MGC network has issued awards for environmental achievement. Dearborn is one of only six communities that have achieved gold status in both years.

The MGC network previously acknowledged the City for its efforts to bring together institutional, not-for-profit, corporate, academic, governmental, and area leaders in sustainability efforts.

Dearborn also has demonstrated a commitment to advance energy efficiency, conservation, green building, and recycling efforts in all sectors of the community.

The Challenge is a program supported by the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Energy Office, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association.

It is designed to help local leaders measure their progress in implementing energy, economic development and environmental improvements.

The program awards points based on completion of items outlined in the Challenge’s checklist and compares results from local governments with similar size and resources to determine whether a community has earned a gold, silver, bronze, or member level of achievement.

Admission to the program is free and open to all communities in Michigan, with 33 local governments taking part this past year.

To learn more about the City of Dearborn’s sustainability initiatives, please visit http://www.cityofdearborn.org/green-dearborn.

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