Sustainable Ann Arbor Monthly Series Kicks Off Jan. 8

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Panel of local experts will lead the discussion on sustainable buildings.

December 19, 2014 - ​​Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor! The City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are hosting the fourth annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. A think tank of local stakeholders, including community organizations, local government staff, businesses and residents, will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community.  

The series will include four events with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor's sustainability framework ( The events will be held 7–8:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown Branch, at 343 S. Fifth Ave., on the second Thursday of January, February, March and April of 2015.

Jan. 8, 2015 – Sustainable Buildings, including a discussion of how to increase efficiency of both new and existing building and projects underway in the community. Speakers will include:

  • Christopher Taylor, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor.
  • John Beeson, Architect, Resident and Commissioner for the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission.
  • Jason Bing, Healthy Buildings Director, Ecology Center.
  • Nate Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor. 
  • Knox Cameron, Principal Marketing Specialist Residential Programs - Energy Efficiency, DTE Energy.

Feb. 12, 2015 – Economic Vitality, including current economic development projects, community investment, and business development.​​​

March 12, 2015 – Sustainable Systems, including an overview of city wet weather projects and community-led solutions to increased precipitation

April 9, 2015 – Responsible Resource Use, including an overview of waste, compost and recycling across the community.

Each program will include a series of brief presentations followed by a question-and-answer session. The foru​​​ms offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. Details of this series will be posted online at

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Contact Information

Jamie Kidwell-Brix
Sustainability Associate
734.794.6430 ext. 43720

Matt Naud
Environmental Coordinator

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