We are currently working on a project with the cities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills to develop a coordinated community sustainability plans. Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber FTCH and WARM Training Center are project consultants. The communities were selected through a competitive process based on their demonstrated commitment to sustainability and collaboration. Local actions plans will be developed to integrate economic, community and environmental goals, indicators and targets, and will prioritize existing and needed efforts for advancing local sustainability. Sharing and coordination of services will be emphasized to gain efficiencies.
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services has received funding through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Prevention Assistance grant program to lead a sustainability planning project.
Sustainability Planning Toolkit
When the Tri-City and Southeast Oakland Sustainability Plans are completed, the county and consultants will produce a local community sustainability planning toolkit for other local governments to use to support other community sustainability collaborations.
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services secured a $300,000 U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II grant to address the lack of connectivity between Downtown Pontiac and surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Connectivity is currently limited by the configuration of Woodward Avenues in the area known as the "Loop." The grant will enable the preparation of a plan to retrofit the Loop, improving the physical connection and livability in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by using existing assets such as the Clinton River Trail system and multi-modal transit center to serve as hubs and linkages between downtown, immediate neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
The OakGreen Challenge encourages home, business and government facilities to decrease energy consumption by 10 percent within the next two years. Residents are eligible to have utility bills paid for one year (up to $1,500). Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson issued the “OakGreen Challenge” at the 2010 Green Summit and officially opened at the 2011 Green Summit.