Below are some ways you can get involved in enhancing sustainability, resilience, and carbon neutrality in our community. Check back often as new opportunities continually emerge.
The Sustaining Ann Arbor Together (SA2T) grant program provides small grants (on average $10,000) to residents, schools, local nonprofits, and local businesses to advance sustainability-related activities in Ann Arbor’s right of way (i.e., streets, sidewalks, parks, etc.). The program has $100,000 to award annually on a competitive basis. Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis with feedback provided to help strengthen applications. Learn more on the Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grant page.
The A2ZERO Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for interested individuals to dive deeply into pathways for advancing local sustainability, resilience, and carbon neutrality. The A2ZERO Ambassador program is an 8-week training program that brings together 15-20 community members to explore multiple aspects of what it takes to truly become a sustainable and carbon neutral community. Ambassadors will leave the training with the knowledge, tools, and resources to discuss climate change and specific actions they and their neighborhood can begin implementing to advance carbon neutrality. A2ZERO Ambassadors will learn about:
- Community sustainability, environmental justice, and equity
- Energy efficiency, beneficial electrification, and renewable energy
- Water efficiency, water quality, stormwater, and our watershed
- Transportation and our choices about moving around our community.
- How to get to a circular economy: waste reduction, composting, recycling, sustainable purchasing, and material reuse
- Local food: how to grow it, eat it, and find it
- Personal and community resilience and emergency preparedness
- Tying it all together: A2ZERO and You
A2ZERO Ambassadors agree to volunteer for at least 20 hours to inspire change in our community. You can do this by staffing information booths at community events, festivals, and farmers markets, or help with projects like fix-it clinics, event sustainability, and improving recycling at your place of work, school, or worship. To learn more, apply, or get engaged, email Galen.
GIVE 365 is the Parks and Recreation Volunteer and Outreach Program. This program works with volunteers to make improvements and enhancements to the Ann Arbor Park system. Did you know there are more than 163 parks in Ann Arbor? That's a lot of parks! The Natural Area Preservation team takes care of the natural areas in our parks so most of our volunteer opportunities are in the non-natural park areas, including all of the recreation facilities as well as various city sponsored special events. Learn more or sign up to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
City boards and commission make periodic public reports and recommendations to the City Council and City Administrator on ways to improve city government programs and ordinances on different topics. Commissions generally meet once monthly, are open to the public, and are broadcast and recorded on the Community Television Network (CTN). Learn more and apply for a commission on the Commission website.