Live Green Lansing: Promoting a Healthier Environment and Economy
Through the efforts of more than 15,000 businesses, schools and residents who took the Go Green! pledge, the city made tremendous progress in protecting water quality, reducing energy consumption and leading the way in recycling efforts. Collectively, these efforts resulted in saving the greater Lansing area more than 30,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, according to Live Green Lansing’s website.
Live Green Lansing is a comprehensive effort designed to promote adoption of green technologies and practices throughout the region’s communities, businesses and schools.
“Live Green is moving past the awareness phase and is focused on what we can do to promote sustainability in our community, not just the environment, but also jobs, businesses being successful and everyday people being able to use green technology,” explained Molnar.
Live Green Lansing’s community sponsors, many of whom have already implemented green practices, are the Board of Water and Light, CATA, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Community College, Lansing School District and the Greater Lansing Michigan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The city of Lansing has implemented green sustainability practices like single stream recycling (CART). “These big bins are seeing recycling increase — (it’s) doubled since the city rolled them out last spring,” added Molnar.
“BWL already offers incentive programs for small businesses to upgrade their facilities with energy efficient lighting, motors, refrigeration and HVAC systems,” said Molnar.
Lansing Community College is one of the first colleges in the nation to incorporate alternative energy into its curricula and to offer an associate’s degree in alternative energy engineering technologies, according to their website.
Live Green Lansing recently partnered with REACH Studio Art Center in REO Town on a sculpture project. “We heard about their community arts program and thought this project would be a great way for kids to create something to engage people when we go to events,” explained Molnar.
The sculpture will be made out of recyclable materials of the kids’ choice and will be unveiled on May 3 at the Adopt a River event, which is the annual cleaning up of the Grand River.
“The sculpture will show lighting from the first light bulbs with the filament to today’s LEDs,” added Molnar. “The kids are going to make it light up as well so it can go to next year’s Silver Bells.”
For more information about Live Green Lansing, visit www.lansingmi.gov/livegreen or contact Natalie Molnar, Live Green Lansing Coordinator at email@example.com or (517) 702-6597.