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A2ZERO turned one year old this June - check out how we celebrated during the first ever A2ZERO Week!
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 Backup 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 here.
2021 Sustainability Forum 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 recording to learn about this technology and get your questions answered. And learn more on our dedicated Heat Pumps page!
51st Annual Earth Day
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.
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 Solarize 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.