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Learn about "TheState of Our Environment"

Ann Arbor's 10 environmental goals and associated indicators

Recent Additions 

  • Ann Arbor is named one of the Top Medium-sized Cities by the Natural Resources Defense Council "Smarter Cities" site

Click here to learn more about STORMWATER (CTN video) - Learn what you can do and what we are doing.

The Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee developed a vision for managing the impoundments of the Huron and held public meetings on January 28, 31, and February 5 to present this vision and several options.  A recommendation will be developed for the Environmental Commission.   Information on the public meetings and background documents can be found at the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee site.

Measurable Phosphorus Reductions in the Huron!

Research supported by the city and performed by Dr. John Lehman at the UM and his graduate students is showing measurable reductions in phosphorus in the Huron River between 2008-2009 and 2003-2005 sampling periods.  The city is optimistic because these findings are coincident with the City Council enactment of a phosphorus fertilizer ordinance.  While this research does not demonstrate that the ordinance explains all of the observed decrease in phosphorus levels, the reductions are real. Dr. Lehman's research now shows phosphorus levels are 17% lower for 2008 and 2009 when compared to the 2003-2005 baseline measured at the downstream end of Geddes pond.  This decline is similar further downstream at Ford Lake.

A2 Green Newsletter Fact Sheet Series

Click here for issues of A2 Green Sheets: City of Ann Arbor environmental news and fact sheet series.

Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street

Click here for more information.

You Can Make a Difference

Drive Less - Reduce Heating and Cooling Requirements - Conserve Water - Pick Up After Your Pet - Share a Ride - Plant Native Species - Use Cloth Bags When You Shop -  Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste  - Buy Local Food – Go Organic - Visit a Park – Go Outside - Get Involved - Volunteer - Stay Informed

Current Environmental Initiatives

The following are highlights of current environment initiatives at the City of Ann Arbor.

America's 50 Greenest Cities - Popular Science


Feasibility Study (completed)



Recycling, Reuse, and Solid Waste

Land Use and Development

Parks and Recreation

Coming Soon

  • Anti-Idling Vehicle Ordinance
  • Lighting ordinances to reduce energy




Earth Day Festival  
Sunday 12-4 pm
Late April
Leslie Science 
& Nature Center. Free

A2 Downtown Spring Blooms Day
Saturday, Mid-May
9 a.m. - Noon. Volunteers help plant flowers downtown. Free t-shirt & pizza lunch. Meet at Liberty Plaza.

Saturday, Mid-May. Specific and year-round volunteer opportunities. (734) 996-3266

Mayor's Green Fair
on Main Street

Fri. June 14, 2013
 6-9 p.m.
(734) 794-6161. Free.

 Huron River Day, Sunday, mid-July,
8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
at Gallup Park,
3000 Fuller Rd.
Many free exhibits
& activities.
Reduced rates on 
boat rentals. 
(734) 662-9319.


Earth Hour

Safe Passages
Great Lakes Days

Spring: Mar 15-May 31
Fall: Aug. 15- Oct. 31


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