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Subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter here, and see all of our upcoming​ events below! ​If you have questions about any events or would like to request adding an event, please contact Zac​h​ Waas Smith​.​​

​​The OSI also oversees the Energy Com​mission & Environmental Commission, which may not be reflected on the above calendar. ​For more information on these, visit our Sustainability-Related Boards & Commissions page or the City Calendar


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

Holiday Issue 2022

November 2022 Newsletter

September 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Ne​​wsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

January 2022 Newsletter​​


Resident Race to Zero Energy Challenge
July 1st - December 31st, 2022. 

​The ​Energy Challenge is a home efficiency competition in partnership with Green Home Institute. Participants will ​join a cohort of other Ann Arbor residents and will work to improve their home's efficiency ​by reducing their gas, electric, and water usage. ​To learn more, please visit the Energy Challenge webpage​.​​​​

Sustainable Food for the Holidays​
Friday, December 9th, 6:00-7:00pm. Virtual.​​​

The holidays are full of food - and eating plant-forward dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients is a great way to make your food consumption more sustainable! Join OSI, Washtenaw Optimal Wellness, VegMichigan, and chefs Jeff Tritten and Vicki Brett-Gach for a cooking demonstration featuring plant-based holiday meal options with local and seasonal ingredients. Plus, you can help us put together an A2ZERO Holiday Recipes Booklet by submitting your own plant-forward and seasonally-focused recipes here​.​ This booklet will also include Jeff and Vicki's recipes, and will be sent to all attendees of the cooking demonstration (we'll also post it on our website!). Register for the cooking demonstration here​ - the first 25 registrants will receive a free copy of the ​Friendly Vegan Cookbook, courtesy of VegMichigan!

Ann Arbor S​​olar S​t​​ories​
1st Thursday of each month​. 7:00-8:00pm. Virtual.​​​

This one-hour virtual event is hosted by the GLREA on the first Thursday of each month. Come hear from Ann Arborites who have gone solar, and have a chance to ask them all y​​our questions! Register for "Thursd​ay Night Energy Events" to receive meeting links.

Volunt​​eer ​​Oppo​rtunities

Would you like to volunteer with the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations? If yes, consider joining us at one of the following: ​

  • Park Clean Up - On the third Tuesday of every ​month (March-November)​, OSI staff have a work day in Bandemer Park​ with GIVE365. Join us to help remove invasives, clean up trash, and even do some plantings. If you are interested in joining us for a work day, please email Melissa Schacht at [email protected]​. 

Miss an OSI​​ ​​e​v​​ent? 

Don't worry, we may have a recording of it on our YouTu​be Channel!  ​​

OSI Community Engagement Specialist

Zach Waas Smith: [email protected]