Washtenaw County is fortunate to have a wealth of community and local government partners already engaged in community education and action around climate change. A growing list is included below. Please use the FEEDBACK section of the site to share community partners we may have missed. Thank you!
The Huron River Watershed Council has been engaged on climate change as it pertains to river protection, for over 10 years. Early work focused on increasing the resilience of the river and communities. HRWC has also contributed to the development of climate and social vulnerability assessments for municipalities and supported the completion of these assessments for a number of Great Lakes cities. The organization is also considering the carbon storage and sequestration potential of natural lands in the watershed.
The Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/ Atlantic Region restores and protects diminishing wetlands in 21 states, from Minnesota to Maine and south to Kentucky. The regional office is located in Washtenaw County outside Ann Arbor. Ducks Unlimited is dedicated to reversing the trends of wetland habitat losses, restoring and protecting habitats, educating conservation values to positively affect waterfowl, wildlife, and quality of life for people.
Ann Arbor CCL is a Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national, non-partisan, volunteer organization which, for over a decade, has been working to create the political will for a livable world. Our ultimate goal is to lobby the US Congress for legislation that applies an annually escalating fee, or price, on the given greenhouse gas emissions of all carbon based fossil fuels at their point of origin with the net fees distributed back to every American household in equal shares. The legislation would include a “carbon border adjustment” that incentivizes U.S. trading partners to implement comparable programs.
The Temple Beth Emeth Dayenu Circle is part of a national movement of American Jews confronting the
climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. We care deeply about equity and justice in our world and about the future we create for our children and future generations. We focus on education and political action in our congregation and in the greater Ann Arbor area.
Simply put, the Ann Arbor CIL is run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.
The Ecology Center brings a unique strategy to the energy debate, focusing our educational and advocacy efforts on the human health impacts of a dirty energy system. From polluting coal-fired power plants to the dangerous health impacts of climate change, we fight to protect our environment and our communities.
The Ann Arbor YMCA is a nonprofit social services organization that serves adults and children in Washtenaw and Southern Livingston Counties through a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
As part of the World YMCA’s Youth Led Solutions Climate Change Initiative, the Ann Arbor YMCA and the Albay YMCA in the Philippines collaborated virtually throughout the pandemic to train cohorts of Eco-Leaders in their respective communities. Each team chose projects to work on that would create solutions to address environmental issues in their respective communities, which both share a reliance on river-systems.
Part of the Ann Arbor Y’s vision of nurturing the potential of youth is through youth led global solution projects, and their unique international YMCA program was highlighted in a video at COP26 in Glasgow last fall.
COP26 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjZOAV8qFZk
Our Vision: A socially just, environmentally sustainable Washtenaw County, including the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.
The Ann Arbor Area chapter was approved early in 2017. We mix both activist and educational activities with opportunities to socialize in order to build a strong community. Our primary focus is local issues, working in conjunction with partner climate organizations.
The newly formed Climate Resilience Committee will address the impact of climate change on the local environment, and also address policy initiatives and data that could be developed locally to address local impacts. The committee will make recommendations regarding mitigation and adaptation policies. The Climate Resilience Committee replaces the previous Natural Features Advisory Committee.
The Sustainability Commission will seek to create a model of sustainability through efforts to advocate, educate and promote the social, economic and environmental health of the community now and into the future.
The City of Ypsilanti worked with the Michigan Suburbs Alliance (MSA) and the WARM Training Center, and received Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) funds to develop a Climate Action Plan for Ypsilanti. The City of Ypsilanti is working to prevent climate change, improve quality of life, and become a green leader in the region. Any City actions will be carried out through community partnerships, with your support. Ypsilanti City Council adopted the Climate Action plan in July of 2012.
Sustainability, in the Sustainable Pittsfield Master Plan, is defined as 1) supporting the expansion and preservation of green space, 2) expanding multi-modal transportation network that reduces emissions and promotes public gathering spaces, and 3) maximizing dense, infill development and minimizing gray infrastructure or impermeable surfaces.
The Planning Commission has formed an Environmental Sustainability Task Force to contribute to the 5-year Master Plan revision currently underway. The Task Force is charged with formulating specific sustainability and climate goals, including goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon neutrality, and resiliency. In addition, recognizing the need for regional collaboration, the Task Force will connect with neighboring communities.
Slow Farm is a certified organic U-pick farm devoted to the principles of Slow Food, agroecology, and justice in the food system. Slow Farm’s 187 acres are located 3 miles north of Ann Arbor, and include woods, native prairie, and wetlands. We grow mainly heirloom produce and flowers in a no-till block system and with high tunnels, and provide an organic farm experience demonstrating biodiversity and other “closed loop” practices that are needed in a strong and resilient local food system that can reduce and heal the effects of climate change.
Slow Food Huron Valley (SFHV) is a 501(c)3 chapter of Slow Food USA and is located in southeastern Michigan. We work to strengthen our region’s food system, build community food security, and preserve our culinary heritage. Like Slow Food USA, our chapter seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices, and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat.
Common Cycle is a community-based organization empowering Ann Arbor to ride bicycles by providing access to education, workspace, and resources. Check out their websites for information on events and workshops.
Adopted on June 1, 2020, A2ZERO is the City of Ann Arbor's plan for achieving a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030.
The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership (A2CP) is a coalition of organizations and people working to solve the climate crisis in our community and throughout the world. We were founded in 2014 after the City of Ann Arbor adopted one of the country’s first municipal climate action plans, a bold framework to reduce the community’s climate emissions 90% by 2050. We believe that every community must take immediate actions to rapidly phase out fossil fuels, and to protect their most vulnerable people from the ravages of climate change.
The Energy Commission was created in 1985. The Environmental Commission was created by City Council in 2001 and is comprised of up to 15 members of the public appointed by City Council, including two youth members.