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Novi receives gold for being green

Release date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431

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City one of only 10 communities to receive gold certification; third gold certification in a row

NOVI, Mich., December 18, 2019 – The City of Novi is one of just 10 communities in Michigan to receive a Gold certification in the Michigan Green Communities Challenge for its commitment to sustainability projects, from green infrastructure improvements to renewable energy projects.

Novi achieved gold for the third consecutive year for incorporating sustainability into the design of the Department of Public Works facility that had minimal impact to the site and provided staff with a state-of-the-art work environment, as well as implementing the following measures:

  • Installation of solar panels at ITC Community Sports Park
  • Using rain gardens and bio-swales in our parks
  • Using green building products in all of our City facilities
  • A commitment to bike trails and walkability
  • Converting lighting fixtures to LED throughout the City

The Michigan Green Communities Network (MGC) celebrated 36 communities during a November event in Lansing on clean energy and environmental leadership. The Network aims to connect community leaders through training, education and communications.
In 2019, Michigan communities took over 500 actions towards becoming more sustainable. Program benefits include creating a roadmap for sustainability initiatives; establishing benchmarks for your community’s progress toward sustainability initiatives; and the motivation of comparing and competing with other Michigan communities. The Challenge competition occurs annually, but is available year-round as a tool for communities to benchmark sustainability.