Sustainability-Related Boards and Commissions

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The Office of Sustainability and Innovations supports two community advisory commissions: The Energy Commission and the Environmental Commission.   

What is the ro​le of the commissions? 

City boards and commission make periodic public reports and recommendations to the City Council and the City Administrator on ways to improve city government programs and ordinances on energy or environmental topics. Commissions generally meet once monthly, are open to the public, and are broadcast and recorded on the Community Television Network (CTN). 

The Ener​gy Com​​​missio​​n

​​The energy commission focuses on energy-related work. Learn more about the Energy Commission here.

The Environmen​tal Co​mmission 

The Environmental Commissionwas created by C​​ity Council in 2001 andis comprised of up to 15 members of the public appointed by City Council, including two youth members. The Environmental Commi​​ssion meets on the fourth Thursday of the Month at 7pm. The Environmental Commission is tasked with:  

  • Advising staff on the development of comprehensive, integrated environmental policies to protect and enhance our air, water, land, and public health. 
  • Helping set goals and policies for the City and community to continuously improve the natural and built environment.  
  • Working collaboratively with other City commissions and committees which have responsibilities for specific issues, including but not limited to the Planning Commission, Energy Commission, Park Advisory Commission, a​nd Leslie Science Center Advisory Board. 
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What projects have​ o​​ur commissions helped to advance?  

​Green Stre​ets P​​olic​​y 

Environmental Commission's Water Committee proposed a Green Streets Policy that City Cou​​ncil adopted that sets stormwater i​nfiltration standards for public streets 

Energy Ben​​c​hmar​​​king 

Energy Commission p​roposed a resolution to develop an ordinance to disclose commerc​​​ial building energy data. City Council approved this resolution and the Energy Commission is now working on the proposed ordinance.

Comm​un​ity Sola​​r 

Energy Commission proposed a resolution that was adopted by City Council in support of pilo​​ting options for commu​nity solar with DTE  

Urban and Comm​unity Forest Mana​​​gement 

Park Advisory and Environmental Commission both provided comment and recommended the adoptio​​n of the first Urban and Community Forest Management Plan for Ann Arbor. 

Ho​w can get involv​ed?  

City residents interested in applying for an open position on a City board or commission can complete an application form and submit it to the Mayor's Office on the 3rd Floor of City Hall. Currently available positions are listed in the vacancies report.​​ For more information about serving on any City board, please contact the Mayor's Office at734-794-6161. 

What​ are other ​commissions related to sustainability? 

  • Energy Commission  (2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm)