It appears that more and more city governments in Michigan are recognizing the importance of taking action to protect the Earth and its precious resources. Detroit has proven to be one of those proactive cities.
A public hearing for the city of Detroit’s Environmentally Preferable Procurement ordinance (EPP) was held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center downtown. The EPP, which would require the city to improve some of its daily practices, was introduced earlier this summer and has been moved to the full council for final approval.
“What my intention is here, and what the intention of the Green Task force is in providing input for the drafting of this ordinance, is to basically have us be a little more greener and a little more environmentally friendly,” Ken Cockrel said at the hearing.
The EPP would require all city purchases to comply with the ordinance. This can include the purchase of low or no-VOC paints, energy efficient products and manufactured goods from recycled materials. It would also require city vehicles to be equipped with retreaded tires.
Author: Jennifer Griffin