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

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


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

August 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter ​ 

October 2020 Newsletter


Up​comin​​g/Ong​oing​ Events​

Presentation on th​​e SEU and opportunity for public comment​

October 28, 6-7:00pm. Join this public discussion to learn more about and provide feedback on the proposed Sustainability Energy Utility (SEU) in Ann Arbor.  Attendance is free, registra​tion is required​.

Ann Arbor S​​olar S​tories​

1st Thursday of each month, 7:00pm. 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 your questions! Register for "Thursd​ay Night Energy Events" to receive meeting links.

Climate, ​Coffee, and​ Conversation

2nd Thursday of each month, 8:00am. Zoom.​

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 regis​tration is required​. ​​

Solarize Group Buys

Buhr Park and Friends Solarize​ - FULL

​The Buhr Park Solarize group-buy is full - however, several more groups are in the process of forming for the fall ​and winter! Contact Julie Roth​ for more information or to be added to our Solarize mailing list.​​

Volunt​​eer Opportunities

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 second Friday of every ​month, OSI staff have a work day in Bandemer Park. 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 Sean Reynolds​

Miss an OSI ​​e​vent? 

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

Re​​​cent E​v​e​​​n​​​​​ts

A2ZERO turned one year old this June - check out how we celebrated during the first ever A2Z​ERO W​​​​​eek​!​​

Workshop: All About Heat Pumps

In September, the GreenHome Institute and the City of Ann Arbor's Office of Sustainability and Innovations hosted a workshop for residents to learn about heating their homes and water with cleaner electricity. Representatives from heat pump manufacturers were on hand to provide detailed information, and answer questions. You can access a recording of this workshop here​.​

Workshop: Batteries for Back​​up Power

​Batteries combined with solar make for climate-friendly back-up power during an outage! In August, we heard from some installers and homeowners about how it all works, and their experiences powering their homes with solar + batteries. A recording of the event is available here​.

Special Sustainability Seminar: Plant-Based Diets

On August 18th, the Office of Sustainability and Innovations hosted a seminar exploring plant-based diets. Topics included the health benefits of a plant-based diet and the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, as well as a cooking demonstration focused on a delicious and nutritious plant-based meal! Presenters included Dr. Melissa Sunderman from IHA; Marc Ramirez from Chickpea & Bean; Andrea Wotan, RDN with Wotan Nutrition; and chef Jeff Tritten of Washtenaw Optimal Wellness​.​ You can watch a recording of this seminar h​ere.​

2021 Sustainability F​orum Series

OSI recently concluded our second annual Sustainability Forum Series! The 2021 series included forums on food access, the natural world in urban settings, waste reduction and circular economies, and energy efficiency. You can watch recordings of all of our past Sustainability Forums on our YouTube channel.

Heat Pump Workshop

There has been increasing community interest in Heat Pumps as a much more efficient way to heat and cool your home, and one that does not depend on burning gas in our houses. OSI hosted a virtual Heat Pump Workshop on Wednesday,​ May 12th at 7:00pm. Watch the reco​r​ding​​ to learn about this tech​nology​​​ and get your questions answered. And learn more on our dedicated Heat Pumps page​​!​​​​

51st Annual Earth ​D​ay

On April 25th, Ann Arbor celebrated our 51st Annual Earth Day with a televised event including ​activities and entertainment for the whole family. The theme for Earth Day 2021 was “Restore Our Earth."  You can watch a full recording​ of the celebration on the CTN YouTube channel.​

Power H​our 

On February 11th, OSI held a virtual Power Hour​ for folks to learn about solar for their homes, energy efficiency and electrification, how it all relates to the goals of A2ZERO, and our S​olarize program. Emerging science around indoor air quality and gas stoves was also discussed.​ You ​can watch a full recording​ of the event on the CTN YouTube channel.

Commercial ​and Multifamily Energy Efficiency Virtual Open House

On February 4th, OSI held 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.​ You can watch a full recording​ of the event on the CTN YouTube channel. 

OSI Community Engagement Specialists

​Galen Hardy: [email protected]

Zach Waas Smith: [email protected]