A2ZERO Week

A2ZERO Week

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Second An​​nual A2Z​E​​​RO Week: June 5th - 11th

​June 1st, 2022 ma​​rks​​​ the 2-year a​​​nniversa​ry of the unanimous adoption of the City's plan to achieve a just transit​ion to community-wide carbon neutrality, known as A2ZERO​.

To commemorate this event, the Office of Sustainability and Innovations will be holding our second annual A2ZERO Week! Running from ​June 5th - June 11th, this week-long celebration includes a series of events, educational activities, community gatherings, and festivities to celebrate the work done ​​​by our many collaborators in the sustainability space, and ​the great achievements we still have ahead of us. Throughout the week, OSI and our collaborators will be holding a wide array of events where you can join us to celebrate, learn more, and get involved.

​​A2ZERO Week at a Glance

​​​Week-Long Activities​

Zero Waste Challenge 
Virtual & In-Person
Want to learn how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and support the circular economy​ in Ann Arbor? Join the Zero Waste Challenge, hosted by non-profit Live Zero Waste​, by pledging to crea​te as little trash and recycling as possible during the week! You​’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes from local businesses, and have access to online resources, virtual zero waste crash courses, and in-person gatherings during the challenge. Learn more and sign up here​.

​​Sunday, June 5th

A2ZERO at the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run
Various Start Times & Starting Locations
The​​ Office of Sustainability and Innovations will be one of the sponsors for the 48th Annual ​​Dexter-Ann Arbor Run - a ​​half-marathon, 10k, and 5k event along ​the scenic Huron River - and helping to make it a zero waste event! L​​earn more and register to run here​.​​

A2ZERO at the Taste of Ann Arbor
11:00am-5:00pm | Main Street
​The Office of Sustainability and Innovations will be joining the Main S​treet Area Association for the annual Taste of Ann Arbor event, where local restaurants showcase their ​flavors through bite-sized offerings. Join us to learn about how we can make our food system more sustainable, while enjoying delicious fare! Learn more about the Taste of Ann Arbor event 
h​ere​. ​​

Library Movie Night
6:30pm-8:00pm | ​AADL Downtown Library
Join the Office of Sustainability & Innovations and the Ann Arbor District Library​ for a screening of​ a fun, family-friendly, and sustainability-focused film, Fantastic Fungi! The screening will take place in the 4th floor meeting space of the Downtown Library (​343 S. 5th Avenue).

Monday, June 6th

Climate, Coffee, and Cats
10:00am-11:00am | Tiny Lions Lounge ​& Adoption Center
Join OSI and the Humane Society of Huron Valley for your morning coffee at the Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center. Chat with OSI staff and A2ZERO Ambassadors about our carbon neutrality work, enjoy local and sustainable food and drink, and hang out with some adorable and adoptable cats! Space is limited to 35 attendees, and registration is required. Register here​.​

Cargo Bike Rally & Bike Repair Clinic
6:00pm-9:00pm | Ann Arbor Farmer's Market
Join us for a fun and informative cargo bike rally. Cargo bike owners are encouraged to come share their experiences and talk about how they’ve reduced their carbon footprint through riding their cargo bike. Urban Rider Cargo Bikes will have various bike models on hand to test drive, Common Cycle will be hosting a bike fix-​​it work shop, and ice cream treats from Washtenaw Dairy​ will be available!​

Tuesday, June 7th

Waste Audit at Island Park
10:00am-12:00pm | Island Park
Join Give365 and OSI to a​​​​ssist with an audit of our parks' Zero-Waste Stations. We will be cataloging and photographing the contents of trash, recycling, and comp​ost bins, then re-sorting the waste into the appropriate containers, as part of our partnership with Waste Knot. This feedback and careful analysis will help us to assess our current signage and the quality of our sorting instructions! If there is enough time, we will also be collecting litter from around the park. Contact GIVE 365 at [email protected] or 734.794.6445 to sign up and learn more!

Local Farm Tour: Steinhauser Farms
12:00pm-1:00pm | Steinhauser Farms
​Join Raindance Organic Farm and OSI for a guided tour of Steinhauser Farms, ​a local family-owned farm that raises high quality farm products using best practices for the environment and their animals. ​​To learn more about the local farm tour series, please click here​. To purchase a ticket for the Steinhauser Farms tour, please click here​.​

A Celebration of Local Food: Discussion and Tasting
6:00pm-8:00pm | Bløm Meadworks
Join us as we celebrate the thriving local and sustainable food system in Southeastern Michigan. Hear from local farmers, chefs, and brewers about why choosing local and sustainable ingredients matters, and how sustainable food and sustainable farming practices are being applied in the region. You'll also have the chance to taste some delicious local and sustainable food while networking with friends and neighbors! Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to the Washtenaw County Black Farmers Fund, which aims to build a more equitable food system by investing in Black Farmers. Learn more about the Fund at www.wcblackfarmers.fund​.​​ Reservations required, and space is limited to 70 people. RSVP and/or donate here

Wednesday, June 8th

A2ZERO at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market
7:00am-3:00pm | Ann Arbor Farmer's Market
Stop by the A2ZERO ta​ble at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market ​to learn more about our carbon neutrality goals, the programs we offer, and how you can get involved. Plus, ​​check out a cooking demo from VegMichigan​,​ showcasing delicious, healthy, and sustainable plant-based dishes!​

Waste Audit at Bandemer Park
12:00pm-2:00pm | Bandemer Park
Join Give365 and OSI to assist with an audit of our parks' Zero-Waste Stations. We will be cataloging and photographing the contents of trash, recycling, and comp​ost bins, then re-sorting the waste into the appropriate containers,
 as part of our partnership with Waste Knot. This feedback and careful analysis will help us to assess our current signage and the quality of our sorting instructions! If there is enough time, we will also be collecting litter from around the park. Contact GIVE 365 at [email protected] or 734.794.6445 to sign up and learn more!

Rain Garden Workday at Buhr Park
4:00pm-6:00pm | Buhr Park
Volunteer to help care for our public rain gardens and Children’s Wet Meadows in Buhr Park. These large rain gardens and wet meadows fill up with rain water, which helps slow down the flow of water to our rivers. When water slows down, it can soak into the ground where it is naturally filtered clean. These hard-working gardens are full of native plants, which have deep root systems and are great wildlife habitat! Please join OSI and Washtenaw County Water Resources​ in removing invasive weeds, spreading mulch, and potentially planting. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. We will meet at the pool parking lot. If you plan to join, RSVP by emailing Rachel Leonard at [email protected] before June 2nd.

Thursday, June 9th

Waste Audit at Fuller Park
2:00pm-4:00pm | Fuller Park
Join Give365 and OSI to assist with an audit of our parks' Zero-Waste Stations. We will be cataloging and photographing the contents of trash, recycling, and comp​ost bins, then re-sorting the waste into the appropriate containers,
 as part of our partnership with Waste Knot. This feedback and careful analysis will help us to assess our current signage and the quality of our sorting instructions! If there is enough time, we will also be collecting litter from around the park. Contact GIVE 365 at [email protected] or 734.794.6445 to sign up and learn more!

Bryant Neighborhood End of School Year BBQ
6:00pm-8:00pm | Bryant Community Center
Hosted in collaboration with Community Action Network and Bryant Community Center​, this end of year cookout is a chance for residents of Bryant to celebrate another great academic year and continue making progress towards making Bryant the first fully decarbonized existing neighborhood in America.​

​Fail of the Earth: Climate-Altered Beer Unveiling & Tasting
6:30pm | Downtown Main Street & Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
Join us on Main Street for the unveiling of "Fail of the Earth," a limited-time pale ale brewed by Earthen Ales. Brewed using climate-stressed ingredients, this bitter ale simulates the beer of a climate-impacted future. Following the unveiling event, pours will be available at Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. from 7:00-8:00pm. And stick around to join us for A2ZERO Night on Main and a Dance Party for the Planet (see below)!

A2ZERO Night on Main Street and Dance Party for the Planet
7:00pm-9:00pm | Downtown Main Street
Join us on Main Street for a walkable, family-friendly, and informative night all about A2ZERO! This includes a dance party for the planet, with a local DJ powered by a solar generator. Find out more about the night's musical acts here​. ​​

Climate Trivia with the Citizens' Climate Lobby and OSI
7:00pm | Conor O'Neill​​'s

Join the CCL and OSI to take part in a trivia showdown, where the final round of questions will be all about sustainability and climate action! Prizes and fun guaranteed. 

Friday, June 10th

​Electric Vehicle Demonstration
6:00pm-9:00pm | Library Lane Lot
Join us at the Library Lane Lot to learn more ab​out electric vehicles and what OSI is doing to make them more accessible in Ann Arbor. Plus, take an EV for a test drive!

Mayor's Green Fair
6:00pm-9:00pm | Downtown Main Street
Downtown Main Street and the Library Lane Lot will be open to pedestrians to explore a multitude of exhibits showcasing local green businesses and non-profits, along with A2ZERO collaborators. Stop by to learn what you can do to help us achieve our carbon neutrality goals and forge a cleaner, greener future for you and our planet! Check out some energy saving appliances; learn from interactive solar displays; ask questions of solar installers; learn about green commutin​​g options like electric vehicles, e-bikes, and cargo bikes; ​engage with local green businesses and non-profits; or just enjoy some live entertainment - whatever you do, there's something for everyone at Green Fair!​ Learn more here​.​​​

Saturday, June 11th

A2ZERO at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market​
7:00am-3:00pm | Ann Arbor Farmer's Market
Stop by the A2
ZERO ta​ble at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market ​to learn more about our carbon neutrality goals, the programs we offer, and how you can get involved.

A2ZERO Day at Top of the Park
4:00pm-11:00pm | Ingalls Mall
Join ​​the Office of Sustainability and Innovations at the Ann ​Arbor Summer Fe​​stival's annual To​p of the Park. We'll be enjoying great mu​sic while helping to make this year's Top of the Park a zero waste event. We'll also be hosting a series of interactive exhibits, so come and join us to learn more, have fun, and enjoy this great community event! Learn more about the Summer Festival here​. ​

​​Get Invo​lved

​​​Share your Feedback on the Proposed Ann Arbor SEU

​The City of Ann Arbor is seeking feedback on the creation of the Ann Arbor Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), a utility designed to provide reliable, 100% clean, affordable, locally built, and community-owned power. The SEU would provide electricity from local solar and battery storage systems installed on homes and businesses throughout the city​​, advancing the goal of public ownership and 100% clean power without wasting money, energy, and time trying to buy the current aging, vulnerable, and unreliable energy infrastructure. Learn more and provide your feedback at w​ww.a2gov.org/a2seu​.​

Take the A2ZERO Pledge

​Do you want to be part of the community working to achieve a more just, sustainable, healthy, safe, and comfortable future for all? Then join us by taking the A2ZERO Pledge​ and committing to one or more sustainability-focused actions. And if you need help achieving your commitment to any of these actions, staff from the Office of Sustainability and Innovations are happy to help! You can reach us at [email protected] or reach out to a specific team member​.​

Reduce, Reu​​se, Return

​Want to help reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills, while enjoying delicious takeout from a local restaurant? Check out the Ann Arbor Reduce, Reuse, Return (A2R3) Returnable Container Program​! This program is a collaboratio​n between OSI, Live Zero Waste, and local restaurants Zingerman's Next Door Cafe, El Harissa Market Cafe, and Ginger Deli. Simply join the program, receive your takeout meal in a reusable container, enjoy your food, wash the container, and then return it to a participatin​g resta​urant!​​​

​​Become an Amb​​​a​ssador

​The A2ZERO Ambassador Program​ provides an opportunity for interested individuals to take a deep dive into pathways for advancing local sustainability, resilience, and carbon neutrality.  A2ZERO Ambassadors take part in a training program that explores multiple aspects of what it takes to truly become a sustainable and carbon neutral community.  Ambassadors will leave this​ training with the knowledge, tools, and resources to discuss climate change and the specific actions that their community can begin implementing to advance carbon neutrality. You can register your interest in becoming an Ambassador by emailing Galen Hardy​.


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