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Terry Alexander of U of M's Office of Campus Sustainability
Terry Alexander of U of M's Office of Campus Sustainability
Surprise! Michigan is ranked in the top 13 states for energy-efficient buildings. The list of organizations, foundations and educational institutions promoting a greener Mitten State seems to grow by the day and Washtenaw County is a vital part of that equation. From LEED buildings to the solar panel intiatives on Ann Arbor's Farmer's Market and Ypsilanti's city hall to Greenhills School's rooftop wind turbine, to A3C's state-of-the-art 'green' renovation in the heart of downtown, the Ann Arbor area is tightening its green belt and looking healthier for it.

Green Building Features

OpEd: Reflections on 12 years on Ann Arbor's City Council

Margie Teall stepped down from Ann Arbor's City Council in November, after serving for twelve years. During her time in office she saw a lot of changes to the city, listened to a lot of competing points of view, and learned a thing or two about public service. She has some observations… and concerns.

Going net zero energy: How one Ann Arborite embraced sustainability

Over the last decade Matt Grocoff has turned his Old West Side home into a net zero energy residence, hoping to certify it as the second such home in the United States. And while that bar might be set a bit high for the average Ann Arborite, he offers some important thoughts about what we can do in our own community to live more sustainably.

Modern Yet Historic, Vintage Yet Sustainable

When Ann Arbor's most prolific Modern architect, Robert C. Metcalf, completed his first commission, it was on the forefront of energy efficient design. Now, sixty years later, our standards have evolved and the house is being lovingly revived in a way that improves the efficiency without compromising the design.

Blue Goes Green

As the region's top employer, biggest institution, and largest land owner, the University of Michigan's local influence can't be understated. So too with its green practices. From creating greater energy efficiency to shrinking its carbon footprint, Team Planet Blue is pushing forward the U's plans to make sustainability and conservation a matter of course.

Building Green In Ann Arbor

Tree Town is living up to its nickname. Green-leaning builders and architects are carving out a reputation for sustainability in the region, and even engaging in a little competition with Grand Rapids to become Michigan's greenest city.
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Green Building Blogs

Patrick McCauley

With strip malls and big-box manses gettin' way long in the tooth, bygone architecture is the mod new style. Patrick McCauley, vice-chair of the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, believes local historic districts are what's needed for more vibrant communities.

Andrew Brix

Tree Town's goal of moving to 20% percent renewable energy by 2015 makes it a LEEDer in the state's green movement these days (pun intended). Andrew Brix, energy programs manager for the city of Ann Arbor, talks this week on all things efficient and on how Michigan can become the next Sunshine State.

Matt Grocoff

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow, and in celebration we've invited Matt Grocoff, founder and CEO of GreenovationTV and regular contributor to NPR's The Environment Report, to offer up some thoughts about making our community (and world) a little greener.

Jason Bing

Jason Bing manages Recycle Ann Arborís Environmental House, facilitating healthy, energy efficient home and workplace construction in Southeast Michigan. He holds a graduate degree in architecture and is a LEED accredited professional. Jason will be writing about local and national energy initiatives, issues and ideas.
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Green Building Videos

Concentrate Speaker Event: Going Green In Ann Arbor

Everything you ever wanted to know about solar energy but were afraid to ask. Last month Concentrate's Speaker Event featured Dave Strenski and Andrew Brix talking up the policies, virtues, and challenges of going solar in Michigan. If you missed it, well, we've got the video right here. Ah, the marvels of technology.

A3C Goes Green

Retrofitting an 80 year-old downtown building with cutting edge green technologies is no easy task. But when your architecture firm is renown for its sustainable designs it makes sense to walk the talk.  Metromode takes a tour of A3C's (Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative) ambitious eco-sensitive renovation.
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