Our First Draft of a Climate Action Plan is Ready for Community Input!

The County has completed our first draft of Resilient Washtenaw: A Climate Action Plan for Washtenaw County, and today marks the start of three week public comment period where were we are looking to hear and talk with you about this plan, what it calls for, and what it will do to address climate change and its consequences for the County and its residents.  

 A copy of our draft plan can be found here: 

Resilient Washtenaw Climate Action Plan – Draft for Public Comment 

 

Our planning work has focused on engaging the whole of the county to understand climate related concerns and to hear suggestions on what the County can do. During this project we have developed assessments which show us what parts of the County are most susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change, we have investigated the sources of emissions which exist in the County, and we have developed a framework which outlines the strategies our plan will utilize to address climate change and which incorporates the community principles which our plan must support. These efforts have led to the document that we share with you today.  

 

Our goal for this comment period is to give the Washtenaw County community an opportunity to review our plan and to provide comment as to what changes or additions should be made. We believe that this process and the forthcoming feedback will ultimately lead to a better plan, both in terms of the actions proposed and community support. This comment period will run for almost three weeks, through October 21, 2022. 

 

We have set up a brief form for feedback. Please share widely. We welcome and look forward to your feedback. 

Resilient Washtenaw Community Survey

Draft Plan Framework - Principles and Strategies

We are sharing the draft plan framework with the public.

GOALS are the outcomes that the plan is designed to achieve.

  • For the County Climate Action Plan, the goals have been established by the Board of Commissioners who desire that Washtenaw County as an organization be carbon neutral by 2030, and that the entire county be carbon neutral by 2035.

PRINCIPLES are other desired priorities beyond carbon neutrality that are important to the County.

  • RACIAL EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  • JUST TRANSITION
  • RESILIENT ECONOMY
  • HEALTH
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
  • SUSTAINED COMMUNICATIONS

STRATEGIES are the broad categories of actions to achieve the goals of carbon neutrality.

  • HEALTH
  • Provide opportunities to achieve optimal health and well-being and prevent negative public health impacts from changing climate. Reduce Heat Islands and Expand and Maintain County Tree Canopy. Plan and prepare for responses to climate caused emergencies
  • ENERGY TRANSITION
  • Increase Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Electrification in all Buildings
  • INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
  • Plan for and build public improvements that reduce dependency on fossil fuels and prepare the county for more frequent and intense weather events.
  • CIRCULAR ECONOMY
  • Build an Equitable, Low-carbon, and Resilient Circular Economy that manages materials streams for their highest and best use. A circular economy is one that designs out waste, keeps materials in use, and which regenerates natural systems (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
  • MOBILITY ACCESS
  • Reduce emissions from transportation. Support mobility modes that eliminate fossil fuel use over time
  • WORKING FARMS AND NATURAL AREAS
  • Preserve 30% of Washtenaw County as working farms or ecologically significant Natural Areas by 2030. Protect County watersheds, surface water, ground water, and agricultural soils

ACTIONS are the specific projects or programs needed to achieve goals. (Under Development)

Please take a moment to review the Principles and Strategies in the draft plan framework and share your thoughts with the team here or at Climate@washtenaw.org

Visit farms in the County - see how your food is grown - meet farmers!

Slow Food Huron Valley is offering local farm tours


We cannot wait to see, hear, feel, and smell all that our local community of farmers and ranchers have to share with us.

Joining a tour date is simple— just choose the date you want below and add it to your cart. Then show up at the farm on the specified day and time.

We will use the ticket price to honor our farmers’ time. Scholarships are available! If the ticket price is prohibitive for you, please email RaindanceOrganic@gmail.com and let us know which tours you would like to join for free.

Our tour series will include 15 tours of local farms this summer. Check back in over the next few weeks to see all the confirmed farm tours available to purchase tickets! Some of these farms have very limited parking, so please do go ahead and use this website to purchase a ticket in advance. Then we can ensure we do not oversell the tours and run out of parking.


Thanks For Your Ideas so Far...

Thanks for all of the good ideas so far!

Here is a wordcloud based on our 200 comments so far...please share the site with your friends, family, and coworkers!



Gov. Whitmer Unveils MI Healthy Climate Plan

Plan outlines path to carbon neutrality by 2050, interim steps to take by 2030 including more clean energy, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, land & water conservation 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today released the MI Healthy Climate Plan, a roadmap for Michigan to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 with interim 2030 goals. Governor Whitmer joined Liesl Clark, Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), business owners, tribal leaders, and students at a large solar array in Traverse City to announce the plan. The MI Healthy Climate Plan proposes climate action that would create tens of thousands of clean-energy jobs, spur economic development and innovation, protect clean air and water, and improve public health. The MI Healthy Climate Plan builds off the leadership of tribal communities and cities and town across Michigan, in addition to the private sector.    

“Michigan has been impacted by climate change, from a polar vortex and historic floods to dam breaks and week-long power outages. The MI Healthy Climate Plan identifies actions we can take to address climate change head-on, lower costs for Michiganders, ensure every Michigan worker has a good-paying, sustainable job, and every family has clean air, water, and a home powered by clean, reliable energy,” said Governor Whitmer. “If we follow the steps outlined in the plan and collaborate with public and private sector partners, we can build a Michigan where every Michigander has clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and access to healthy, affordable local food. Today, we are positioning Michigan to become the global center of clean energy innovation where workers can get good-paying jobs, from those that don’t require a college degree to careers in advanced engineering and science. We can protect our beautiful public lands and majestic Great Lakes, driven by our unyielding belief in a brighter future.”    

Copied from Michigan.gov Press Release

Help Track Flooding Locations in Southeast Michigan!

SEMCOG is looking to track flooding across the region, to get a better understanding of how regional assets are being impacted. Using the following survey, please indicate where your community is experiencing flooding, and how your community is being impacted by heavy rainfall events. 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Earth Day Virtual Event

The Ann Arbor Chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby asked the Resilient Washtenaw team to share this.

We welcome opportunities to share events for other county partners.

Resilient Washtenaw and Scio Township Meeting Recording

Scio Township and Resilient Washtenaw held a meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 7 PM to discuss climate action in Scio Township and Washtenaw County. There was a short presentation by the 5 groups in the Scio Township Environmental Sustainability Task Force. The Resilient Washtenaw project team shared information on the county climate planning effort, listened to insights from participants, and shared upcoming engagement opportunities including the ResilientWashtenaw.org website.


You can watch the recording here.




Home toxics and appliance clean-up days in Washtenaw County

Safely managing home toxics makes the county more resilient! Especially with more extreme storms.

Beginning in April and running throughout the summer, Washtenaw County residents can safely recycle or dispose of a range of household items at a series of clean-up days.

The Washtenaw County Public Works Division announced the schedule of five 2022 clean-up events in early March, each taking place in a different corner of the county.

The materials accepted at each event vary and are announced roughly a month ahead of time online here. Collection typically includes items like household appliances, mattresses, electronics, home toxics and car tires.

The events are free, with a suggested donation of $15 per car to assist with disposal costs. Each runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is the schedule:

  • April 23 - Chelsea High School - 740 North Freer Road
  • June 25 - Whitmore Lake High School - 7430 Whitmore Lake Road
  • July 23 - Lincoln High School - 7425 Willis Road, Ypsilanti
  • July 30 - Saline High School - 1300 Campus Parkway
  • August 27 - Eastern Michigan University - 799 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti

The events are for Washtenaw County residents only, and are not available to businesses, government agencies, nonprofits or other groups.




Speaking of Resilience Podcasts - Learn from Michigan experts

Speaking of Resilience is a podcast series exploring what’s needed for a renewable energy transformation in the Great Lakes State. The podcast is co-hosted by Michigan Climate Action Network and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

Kate Madigan, Director of Michigan Climate Action Network hosts the podcasts, with frequent co-hosts and guest hosts. This series of interviews with experts explore how we solve the climate crisis while creating economic stimulus and environmental justice in this changing landscape.

If you care about our overheating climate and want to rebuild the economy to be more resilient, just, and sustainable, this is the podcast for you.

Visit the podcast's official website.

Issues of the Environment: IPCC Climate Report and Huron River Watershed

The International Panel on Climate Change has issued a dire warning about inaction in addressing the climate crisis. The latest report spells it out but also provides some guidance on what local governments and communities can do to prevent catastrophic consequences. Climatologist and Huron River Watershed Council planner, Daniel Brown, joined WEMU's David Fair to look at the global, national and local measures that need to begin right now.

https://www.wemu.org/show/issues-of-the-environment/2022-03-09/issues-of-the-environment-ipcc-climate-report-has-dire-warning-with-consequences-to-impact-huron-river-watershed#:~:text=59%20AM%20EST-,LISTEN,-%E2%80%A2



Climate Change in 2022: The Recent IPCC Report and Relevance for Michigan

Wednesday, March 16th 2022. 6:00pm. Virtual.

If you've read anything about the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, you probably have some questions and concerns. At this session, Dr. Jonathan Overpeck ("Peck") will provide an overview of the findings and their relevance for Michigan. This will be followed by remarks from Cory Connolly, Climate and Energy Advisor at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy about activities and opportunities to advance climate action in Michigan. Join us to learn, ask your questions, and find out a bit more about what is happening in Michigan to address the climate crisis. Register here.​

Co-sponsored by: The City of Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor 2030 District, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Scio Township’s Sustainability Task Force, Ann Arbor for Public Power, Live Zero Waste, Ann Arbor Citizens Climate Lobby, and Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.


Resilient Washtenaw Listening Sessions This Week - Please Share!

Please let your friends and neighbors know about two upcoming Listening Sessions.

Evening Meeting - Tuesday: Mar 1, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcOivrTgqH9QDcuPixZWtHTotLZqgc7Pc 

Lunch and Learn - Friday: Mar 4, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO6orjMjHdNYOA-AMzSZ-z0GjVVXZaAd 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We have had some great conversations across the county and have added a couple of open listening sessions - anyone in the county may join.

If you have a minute, please watch our short video on Climate Change in Washtenaw County featuring Omar Gates, one of our local UM climate scientists.

As part of the meeting we are asking:

  1. How climate change is impacting you right now?
  2. What would you like to learn more about?
  3. Washtenaw County will be more resilient when...?

All responses are anonymous.

And if you cannot attend, please share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors! We need lots of voices as we explore challenges and opportunities.

Thanks for all of your insights so far!



Climate Action in Scio Township and Washtenaw County March 15 - 7PM

Please join your Scio Township neighbors on Tuesday, March 15th at 7 PM to discuss climate action in Scio Township and Washtenaw County. There will be a short presentation by the Scio Township Environmental Sustainability Task Force. The Resilient Washtenaw project team will share information on the county climate planning effort, listen to insights from participants, and share upcoming engagement opportunities including the ResilientWashtenaw.org website.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Mar 15, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoceusqTgpHtfcu5rqaR1kxmna6ceLoObj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please share two new Listening Sessions with your Friends and Neighbors

Please let your friends and neighbors know about two upcoming Listening Sessions.

Evening Meeting - When: Mar 1, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcOivrTgqH9QDcuPixZWtHTotLZqgc7Pc 

Lunch and Learn - When: Mar 4, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO6orjMjHdNYOA-AMzSZ-z0GjVVXZaAd 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We have had some great conversations across the county and have added a couple of open listening sessions - anyone in the county can join.

If you have a minute, please watch our short video on Climate Change in Washtenaw County featuring Omar Gates, one of our local climate scientists.

As part of the meeting we are asking:

  1. How climate change is impacting you right now?
  2. What would you like to learn more about?
  3. Washtenaw County will be more resilient when...?

All responses are anonymous.

And if you cannot attend, please share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors! We need lots of voices as we explore challenges and opportunities.

Thanks for all of your insights so far!



Please share our New Evening and Lunch/Learn Listening Sessions

Please let your friends and neighbors know about two upcoming Listening Sessions.

Evening Meeting - When: Mar 1, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcOivrTgqH9QDcuPixZWtHTotLZqgc7Pc 

Lunch and Learn - When: Mar 4, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO6orjMjHdNYOA-AMzSZ-z0GjVVXZaAd 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We have had some great conversations across the county and have added a couple of open listening sessions - anyone in the county can join.

If you have a minute, please watch our short video on Climate Change in Washtenaw County featuring Omar Gates, one of our local climate scientists.

As part of the meeting we are asking:

  1. How climate change is impacting you right now?
  2. What would you like to learn more about?
  3. Washtenaw County will be more resilient when...?

All responses are anonymous.

And if you cannot attend, please share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors! We need lots of voices as we explore challenges and opportunities.

Thanks for all of your insights so far!



MLIVE coverage of ‘Resilient Washtenaw’ climate planning initiative

Read the MLIVE coverage - https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/01/resilient-washtenaw-county-launches-extensive-climate-planning-initiative.html

Lucas Smolcic Larson | lsmolciclarson@mlive.com

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Washtenaw County wants to hear from you as it kicks off a yearlong climate planning process aimed at creating a roadmap for meeting rapidly-approaching carbon neutrality goals.

The county has created a one-stop shop for residents from every corner of Washtenaw County to give feedback and find community events scheduled throughout the year. It’s available at resilientwashtenaw.org.

Issues of the Environment: 'Resilient Washtenaw' climate action plan

Washtenaw County is launching its "Resilient Washtenaw" climate action plan. The goal is to get county operations to carbon neutrality by 2030 and community-wide carbon neutrality by 2035. Washtenaw County director of strategic planning, Andrew DeLeeuw, joined WEMU’s David Fair to cover what will happen in 2022 and what it will take to achieve these ambitious goals.

https://www.wemu.org/post/issues-environment-resilient-washtenaw-climate-action-plan-getting-ready-launch

Listening Session Recordings

If you missed our listening sessions for Washtenaw County Districts 1 and 2 you can watch the recordings here.

Please sign up for future listening sessions and share your comments (and respond to your neighbors comments) on the resilientwashtenaw.org website.


Topic: Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 1

Date: Jan 31, 2022 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording:

https://recycle.zoom.us/rec/share/WpI3PrFrgQ6YR8uwbNVRmIUe6EoSgA01VjT7BFmVigyFBv0oqJWyQXWt227mfHVr.aEXgkshGOanNBty3


Topic: Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 2

Date: Feb 1, 2022 05:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording:

https://recycle.zoom.us/rec/share/p1G09_2SzpRP_Gb4wJPAKPRfQQRJXPN8hsNbNvSjaTSfFiGAzLugYttS06-DpeRP.JAniAFTzojTv5Wg7


Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session Districts 7-8-9

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 7-8-9

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

Districts 7-8-9 – City of Ann Arbor 

When: Feb 17, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudu6gpjojE9KtSC9uDB_yF5D_h5OkYTtQ 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 6

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 6

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 6 – City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti TWP 

When: Feb 15, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkduCqrT4rEtR_Zc2oq9JFXGHaerjB8V4C 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 5

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 5

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 5 – Augusta TWP, Ypsilanti TWP 

When: Feb 9, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAodO2qrTwiEtzD9kEZK1zipJ0e9RQAHNDN 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 4

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 4 – Pittsfield TWP 

When: Feb 8, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtd-2sqz8sHdBzpN_EXOr4d5_4BvT4c_75 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 3

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 3 – Sharon TWP, Freedom TWP, Lodi TWP, Manchester TWP, Village of Manchester, Bridgewater TWP, Saline TWP, York TWP, City of Saline, City of Milan 

When: Feb 3, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpfuuhqD0iE9AcNe21ihQ8pPGj10c0_rqX 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 2

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 2 – Webster TWP, Northfield TWP, Salem TWP, Ann Arbor TWP, Superior TWP, Barton Hills Village 

When: Feb 1, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkf-Coqj8qGNRz8ruWEeK9aQ7JHhO_JrjP 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Resilient Washtenaw Listening Session District 1

We’ll be hosting a listening session in each of the county districts. We’ll be going over the Resilient Washtenaw project and starting/continuing a conversation on how you are experiencing climate change and your vision for a more Resilient Washtenaw. Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using the link below.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site. We’ll also be posting a meeting recap and recording so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!

District 1 – Lyndon TWP, Dexter TWP, Sylvan TWP, Lima TWP, Scio TWP, City of Chelsea, City of Dexter 

When: Jan 31, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://recycle.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-uvqjoqHNTTo3RzpYXV_wUog9ptP10j 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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