From electrification and solar to planting trees and rain gardens, members of the Ann Arbor community are getting involved in sustainability at home, at work, and in their everyday lives. To celebrate their actions and inspire others, we've compiled some stories - both written and recorded - from these community members. You'll find these stories below, grouped by topic. So, whether you're looking for inspiration or information, we invite you to explore these first-hand accounts of sustainability in action. And if you have a story of your own to share, please email us at [email protected], with the subject line: "Sustainability Story"!
A2ZERO: A Vision
Watch this short video to hear from Ann Arborites on their vision of Ann Arbor's future under our A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan.
On the first Thursday of each month, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association hosts Ann Arbor Solar Stories, a one-hour virtual event highlighting Ann Arbor residents who have gone solar. To hear their stories and learn about the process of installing solar, as well as life in a solar-powered home, you can visit the Ann Arbor Solar Stories YouTube channel. Or, attend a Solar Stories event live and bring your questions! These events take place virtually at 7:00pm the first Thursday of each month. Register with the GLREA for "Thursday Night Energy Events" to receive meeting links.
Solar Panels: First-Hand
Interested in getting solar, but not sure what to expect? Check out "Let Me Tell You about My Solar Panels," a blog post from Ann Arborite George Hotelling. George walks through the financial aspects of getting solar, his experience with the Solarize program, how his solar panels work, and more.
Batteries and Blackouts
Given increases in the number of severe weather events in Michigan and world-wide, building resiliency into our sources of energy is becoming more important than ever. In her post "Powering through Blackouts with Solar and a Battery," Ann Arborite Dharma Akmon explores her experiences with using a back-up battery system, in conjunction with a solar array, to keep the lights on during power outages - and explores the benefits of energy-efficient appliances along the way.
Eating a plant-based diet has numerous health benefits, both for you and for the environment. To learn more about these benefits and to hear from members of the Ann Arbor community who have embraced plant-based diets, we invite you to watch a recording of this seminar hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Innovations. Plus, you'll see a cooking demonstration for a delicious and nutritious plant-based meal!
Through our A2ZERO Ambassadors program, the Office of Sustainability and Innovations trains interested community members on a variety of sustainability topics, giving these Ambassadors the tools they need to discuss climate change the actions needed to advance our carbon neutrality goals. Check back soon for some first-hand accounts from our A2ZERO Ambassadors on the work they're doing at home and in their neighborhoods to advance sustainability in Ann Arbor!