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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Keep up to date with what's happening at the Office of Sustainability and Innovations!​

Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter here, and see all upcoming events below! ​If you have questions about any events or would like to request adding an event, please contact either Galen or Zach​.​

Newsletter

​Stay up to date with the Office of Sustainability and Innovations by subscribing to our quareterly newsletter. You can subscribe by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject: newsletter.  Our most recent newsletters can be found below:

April 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter ​ 

October 2020 Newsletter

Events

​​​​​​Upcoming 

51st Annual Ann Arbor Earth Day​

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April 25, 2021

1pm | CTN Channel 16​

Join us for this free televised community celebration, including activities and entertainment for the whole family. This year's theme is: “Restore Our Earth".  

Event summary

The Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival is coordinated by the Earth Day Planning Committee, a coalition of numerous local environmental and civic nonprofits and agencies. This annual celebration has been held at several locations over the years. However, due to COVID-19 this year's event will be virtual.  A full schedule of planned activities will be posted to this website in early April.

Exhibitors information

Due to time limits of events, exhibitors are included by invitation only. The event has a focus on showcasing local environmental nonprofits, agencies, and selected green energy businesses. To learn more, contact Galen Hardy ([email protected]).

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Arbor Day 2021 FreeTree Giveaway 

​Join the 10,000 Trees Initiative in celebrating Arbor Day this year by planting a free tree! We have Norway Spruce, White Spruce, White Pine, and Arborvitae/White Cedar available! Giveaways will take place across Arbor Day weekend – see the flyer below for a list of giveaway sites and dates. To register for your free tree(s), please fill out this registration form​.​

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20​21 Sustainability Forum Series

The OSI is proud to announce the return of the annual Sustainability Forum Series for 2021! This year's series will be held virtually via Zoom. Attendance is free but one-time registration is required. See the series schedule below for more information:


  • January 28, 2021 at 6:00-8:00pm - “Food & Food Access: What we eat and how we get it."   Watch recording on demand
  • February 24, 2021 at 6:00-8:00pm - "The natural world in urban settings." Watch recording on demand
  • March 31, 2021 - "Waste Reduction & Circular Economy"
  • ​April 28,2021 - "Energy and Efficiency"
  • May 26, 2021 - Stay tuned for more!


Check out the recordings of our 2020 Sustainability Forums.


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Climate, ​Coffee, and Conversation
2nd Thursday of each month, 8:00AM
This monthly recurring virtual event is an opportunity for any and all Ann Arbor residents to come enjoy your morning beverage of choice and chat in an informal setting with OSI staff about A2ZERO initiatives and/or sustainability in general. ​Attendance is free, but registration is required​. ​

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Solarize Group Buy Meeting - 4/10/21

Hosted by Ann Arbor resident Jennifer and her neighbors will be held on Sat 4/10 at 10:00am on Zoom - sign up to learn more about solar, and the group-buy.

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Solarize ​Group Buy Meeting - 4/25/21

Hosted by Ann Arbor resident Cliff will be held on Sun 4/25 at 2:00pm on Zoom. This group-buy might be particularly good for you if you are also thinking you may need to replace your roof at the same time as getting solar. Sign up  to attend and learn more.


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​​​​​Re​​​cent Eve​​​nts

“Power Hour” Feb. 11, 2021 at 7pm, virtual. ​
This is chance for folks to come learn about solar for their homes, energy efficiency and electrification, and how it all relates to the goals of A2Zero, as well as the program we have to help folks get discounts on solar (Solarize). We will also be talking about emerging science around indoor air quality and gas stoves.​ Watch recording of event here.


​Commercial and Multifamily Energy Efficiency Virtual Open House
​​​February 4, 2021 from 6 - 8 PM ​ Watch recording on demand​

​A public feedback period will be launching on February 4, 2021, beginning with a virtual Open House for commercial and multifamily building owners and property managers to learn more about energy and water benchmarking and policy recommendations co-created with a task force of multiple City units and community stakeholders.​ Take the feedback survey here​.​

Solarize Group Buy Meeting
​Hosted by Matthaei Farms and Friends Solar group-buy i​s currently enrolling and is open to all Washtenaw County residents. Learn more from the meeting recording​ or contact Julie Roth at [email protected].


Miss an OSI ​​event? 

Don't worry, we may have a recording of it on our YouTube Channel.  ​


OSI Community Engagement Specialists

​Galen Hardy: [email protected]

Zach Waas Smith: [email protected]