Township Receives Silver Ranking in Green Communities Award
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On September 20th, Meridian Township received the silver ranking in the Michigan Green Communities Challenge for developing a Greenspace Protection Plan, which prioritizes areas for preservation. LeRoy Harvey, Township Recycling Coordinator, was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Meridian Township.
The Meridian Township Greenspace Protection Plan is multi-faceted, reflecting the input of the citizens of Meridian Township. It is structured to preserve and enhance the community character by establishing a greenspace system that incorporates wildlife corridors linking to existing natural preserves, scenic roadways that preserve views of natural areas, key waterways, adjacent wetlands and upland buffers, walking and biking routes that link parks, schools and other community resources, agricultural lands.
Learn more about the Greenspace Protection Plan here: Greenspace Plan May 6 2004
The award is presented by the Michigan Green Communities network and recognizes Townships in the state of Michigan for their efforts in becoming a more sustainable community.
The Michigan Green Communities is a network of local government organizations (including Michigan Township’s Association) and Michigan state department staff that collaborate to promote innovative solutions and move sustainability initiatives forward. Each year they ask communities to participate in the program measuring their progress toward meeting current and future energy needs.
Thirty communities were recognized at the 2018 Michigan Green Communities Challenge and took over 450 actions toward becoming more sustainable. Since 2016, the Challenge has seen more than a 60-percent increase in actions reported by communities, demonstrating a growing commitment to sustainability in the state.