The City of Lansing gets ‘Greener’ with food scrap composting
Thursday, September 29, 2016
New ‘green’ initiatives centered on food, waste and energy conservation help make Lansing a ‘greener’ place to live, work and play
The City of Lansing announced at a press conference today at Gier Community Center in Lansing three initiatives that will help make Lansing a ‘greener’ place to live, work and play. Mayor Virg Bernero, BWL General Manager, Dick Peffley, representatives from Hammond Farms, Lansing Community College and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality were on hand to discuss these exciting ‘green’ initiatives.
The City of Lansing announced its Live Green Lansing Initiative, along with two new ‘green’ projects, Scraps to Soil and Community Energy Management. Live Green Lansing is a one-stop resource for residents, businesses and visitors to learn, communicate and get involved in Lansing’s environmental programs and activities. Mayor Bernero discussed his plan to grow the Live Green Lansing Initiative over the next few years and how the community can get involved.
"I think it is critical that we continue to move this city in a green direction. This initiative, along with the support of local businesses and the community, will ensure that Lansing remains a healthy, thriving place to live for generations to come. That is what we need for this city," said Mayor Bernero.
Scraps to Soil is a pilot program, made possible through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which will begin October 1, 2016. Participating Lansing restaurants will have their food scraps collected by Hammond Farms who will compost it and turn it into high quality soil that they will donate to local community farms. Patrons of these restaurants can feel good knowing that supporting participating businesses contributes to food scraps becoming a resource rather than a waste product. Restaurants interested in participating in the Scraps to Soil pilot program can contact Natalie Molnar firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-702-6597.
Community Energy Management is a program funded by a Community Energy Efficiency Grant that the City of Lansing received from the Michigan Agency for Energy to fund energy assessments in City buildings in 2016. As the City uses its energy resources more efficiently, there will be a greater potential for monetary savings from reduced operating costs and improved conditions for users of the facilities. This also positions the City as a leader-by-example for residents, businesses and other organizations within the metro Lansing area.
“The BWL is committed to the community and our customers to ensure we are providing the most reliable and affordable power for the region for decades to come. Our goal is to have about one-third of the energy coming from clean, renewable sources and energy efficiency programs by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030,” said Peffley.
Live Green Lansing partners with a variety of organizations to help individuals and businesses get involved in helping Lansing become a healthier, greener community. If you are hosting a green event, add it to Live Green Lansing’s online calendar! If you would like to get involved, visit the website at livegreenlansing.org and browse upcoming events to find one you’d like to participate in.
For more information about Live Green Lansing and how you can ‘live green’ in your community, visit livegreenlansing.org.