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A primary characteristic of Ann Arbor is the extent, diversity and quality of its natural systems. Resource management goals aim to protect and conserve the quality of Ann Arbor's natural resources and environment. Specifically, this includes protecting, preserving, and enhancing our community's access to clean air, clean water, and viable aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. These goals also refer to the consumption and reuse of materials and resources within our community, including waste, compost, and recycling.

What are the goals?

Clean Air and Water Eliminate pollutants in our ai​r and water systems


Healthy Ecosystems – Conserve, protect, enhance, and restore our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems​​

Responsible Resource Use – Produce zero waste and optimize the use and reuse of resources in our community

Local Food– Conserve, protect, enhance, and restore our local agriculture and aquaculture resources​

What way cool projects are underway?​

Organics Management Plan

  • In May 2015, Ann Arbor City Council allocated $100,000 to develop a comprehensive organics management plan​. ​

Expanded Curbside Compost Collection

  • Ann Arbor's seasonal compost collection program runs between April and December each year.  In 2014, Ann Arbor expanded the compost collection program to accept more materials, such as plate scrapings (including meat and bones). Compost carts are an optional container and are managed by the City of Ann Arbor. The carts are available for purchase and pickup at the City Hall Customer Service Center, 301 E. Huron Street.

Washtenaw County Food Policy Council

  • Established in 2012, the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council has a mission to increase and preserve access to safe, local and healthy food for all residents of Washtenaw County. The council is appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. One of the current efforts of the council is reduce food waste and packaging.

Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan

  • In 2014, City Council adopted Ann Arbor's first Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan to increase the quality and size of the urban and community forest, which is an adaptive strategy to improve water quality and limit flooding by mitigating stormwater runoff. The City is undertaking several programs to maintain and improve the health and condition of trees. For example, the Citizen Pruner program trains volunteers on how to prune young trees to develop strong structure and proper form. 

Drive Electric Ann Arbor Partnership

  • ​The Drive Electric Ann Arbor Partnership formed in 2014 in an effort to support wider adoption of electric vehicles in the community. The partnership includes the Downtown Development Authority, local non-profit and advocacy organizations, DTE, University of Michigan, and local businesses.



Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown