Urban neighborhoods help produce their own electricity with small-scale, community-based renewable energy systems that are efficient, clean and resilient. Municipal buildings including neighborhood schools are community centers that offer more multiple functions to maximize use of space and build community.
IN 20 YEARS - Michigan's 10 largest cities actively support programs that encourage small-scale micro-grids of renewable energy resources in homes and businesses, and all have created centrally located community hubs that host community-based renewable energy creation, electric vehicle charging stations, community activity and recreation centers, public libraries and other neighborhood-scale public services.
IN 10 YEARS - Michigan's 25 largest cities have approved ordinances that encourage energy entrepreneurship. Home-owners and businesses install small scale renewable energy generation on homes, schools and municipal buildings, and create small, self-contained micro-grids at the neighborhood level.
IN 2 YEARS - Michigan's 25 largest cities have undertaken strategic consolidation efforts that are intended to maximize energy efficiency upgrades in school and city operations, reduce waste, update buildings, and offer more neighborhood services to reduce travel commutes for residents and city employees.