Sustainability in Southeast Michigan
Sustainability in Southeast Michigan means managing contraction in population, employment, and fiscal capacity, while simultaneously improving economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental quality. Local governments are reassessing how they deliver their services with a focus on efficiency and fiscal sustainability. To this effect, SEMCOG is involved in several initiatives that embrace sustainable planning efforts.
SEMCOG Sustainable Community Recognition Program
SEMCOG has taken the lead on transforming how local governments work together to align scarce public revenue to create a more successful – and sustainable – Southeast Michigan. We are honoring our member governments for working to increase sustainability in their communities.
We can help! SEMCOG’s Sustainable Community Checklist will help determine how sustainable your community is today and provides suggestions for increasing your sustainable efforts. For local governments, sustainability focuses on six interrelated outcomes. Review examples of sustainable actions local governments can take by choosing from the the six outcomes listed below, or download a complete checklist of the SEMCOG Sustainable Community Recognition Program:
- Economic prosperity
Identify ways you can assist your local business community: SEMCOG provides information on private and public business capital resources/programs and business accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurship resources.
- Desirable communities
Ensure a minimum standard of housing quality: Develop a vacant property ordinance with assistance from SEMCOG.
- Reliable, quality infrastructure
Identify fatal and severe injury traffic crash locations on your roads: SEMCOG provides data and assistance to help identify traffic safety issues, trends, and possible causes of traffic crashes in your community.
- Fiscally sustainable public services
Perform scenario planning for varying circumstances by developing a multi-year budget forecast: SEMCOG offers assistance in developing a 3-5 year budget forecast.
- Healthy, attractive environmental assets
Take municipal actions on Ozone Action days: Communities can help reduce formation of damaging ground-level ozone by delaying mowing and use of gas-powered equipment, for example.
- Access to services, jobs, markets, and amenities
Provide connectivity among walking/biking facilities with other modes of travel such as transit and carpooling: Audits, data, and other technical assistance from SEMCOG can help identify possible nonmotorized-transit connections and ways to develop them.
Free for SEMCOG Members!
SEMCOG members can receive free assistance to implement policies and projects that lead to a more sustainable future. We offer a variety of assistance from hands-on work with community staff to resources and guidance to help staff implement activities on their own. Recognition by SEMCOG will be visible to residents.
How can my community participate?
- Pass a resolution stating your community’s intent to participate (sample resolution available) and send to Susan Stefanski at SEMCOG
- Identify point person to work with SEMCOG on inventorying your sustainable activities.
- Achieve a minimum of 10 activities on the checklist.
Want to get started? Need more information?
Contact Susan Stefanski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-324-3349
SEMCOG's Creating Success
SEMCOG has taken the lead to transform how we work together to align scarce public revenues to create a successful future. We are moving to a new, more dynamic, action-oriented approach to creating success in Southeast Michigan that is focused on achieving six interrelated outcomes, as listed above. These outcomes reflect the common interests of the region. The closer we are to these outcomes, the closer we are to the quality of life that is attractive to us all. And, the closer we are to attracting new talent and jobs. For more information, please visit SEMCOG's Creating Success initiative.
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant
Southeast Michigan has been awarded a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant effective February 15, 2011-February 14, 2014. The workplan for this grant is overseen by the Sustainable Communities Consortium for Southeast Michigan, which is led by SEMCOG.
As a result of the region's grant award, the entire Southeast Michigan region has been designated with Preferred Sustainability Status, meaning applicants for certain other HUD discretionary grants can be awarded 2 bonus points on their applications. This is just one example of how working together on sustainability can help us leverage resources and more quickly move the region forward.
All are invited and encouraged to keep track of our progress toward sustainability. Please check back often for updates or request to be added to our e-mail contact list.