Success Stories

Energy Efficiency and Bond Ratings: An Interview with Tony Lehmann

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The Regional Energy Office provides innovative financing solutions for cities to conduct energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. These projects are designed to save cities money on their energy bills every year, but we recently discovered that these investments were helping cities in other ways as well—energy investments can actually improve a city’s bond rating. Read more…

Two Cities go LED (video)

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Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the City has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Leading by Example, City of Lathrup Village

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As noted by a article, the City of Lathrup Village actively pursues and successfully receives funding for municipal, residential and commercial energy efficiency projects. Matt Baumgarten, who serves on SEMREO’s Board of Directors, states, “It’s written into our strategic plan to pursue opportunities not only for the city, but also for residents, to be an energy-efficient Read more…

Community Energy Plan for the city of Holland

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In 2011, the City of Holland and its utility, the Holland Board of Public Works, embarked on creating a Community Energy Plan, with a target year of 2050, with the following goals: Ensure economic competitiveness; Provide reliable and affordable energy; and, Protect the environment. The energy plan is distinctive because of the level of cooperation Read more…

5 member communities honored in Michigan Green Communities Challenge

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We are pleased to announce that five SEMREO communities were honored for their participation in the Michigan Municipal League’s Green Communities Challenge this fall at the annual Michigan Green Communities Conference. They are: Lathrup Village Ypsilanti Ferndale Roseville Sterling Heights Our communities were honored due to a variety of efforts each has completed, including energy Read more…

One Student’s Experience at the Energy Office

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Idealism is a rather temperamental thing, for me at least. At James Madison College, the political science program at Michigan State, it comes to me easily. When I am in my courses on social inequality and political theory, I have no question of my passion of making a difference in the social climate we find Read more…

Hazel Park Lights Up John R Road with LEDs

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Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to new energy-saving lights the City has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the City save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

City of Ferndale Fully Engaged in Sustainability Planning

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Longtime Regional Energy Office Ferndale is fully engaged in planning for a more sustainable, energy efficient future for citizens and the local government. City Manager April McGrath has tasked Joe Gacioch, the City’s Grant Project Coordinator, to roll ahead with creating and implementing an Energy Management Plan for the City. The City is taking advantage Read more…

Energy Office helps correct error in ICLEI tool

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When the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office started assisting three member communities to write climate action plans, our first step was to seek out organizations with existing climate planning resources. We joined ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability because we knew that they are the worldwide leaders in doing Climate and Sustainablity Planning work with local Read more…

Energy Office Women Keep It Moving

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The women of the energy office are at it again. Our tag team of yours truly and Valerie Bierberich are all over Southgate. On February 9, we were invited to speak to the Southgate Rotary Club and on February 13 to the Southgate Kiwanis to talk about the BetterBuildings for Michigan Program and Climate Action Read more…