The 6th Annual Oakland County Green Building Workshop was held yesterday at the Oakland County International Airport terminal in Waterford, Michigan. The workshop was led by Jim Nash, Oakland County Commissioner, District 15, Farmington Hills.
Amy Butler representing the Oakland University Clean Energy Research Center and OU INcubator walked us through the OU programs that are helping with logical sustainable development and practices.
Oakland County is supporting a Collaborative Sustainability Planning Program which has partnered Rochester, Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills. This collaboration is creating models, goals and strategies to be used as a template for other communities.
The new PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Program was authorized in Michigan in 2010. “This program offers commercial and industrial businesses low interest long term loans to invest in renewable energy projects,” said Luke Forrest of the Michigan Municipal League. For more information find pacenow.org. Ann Arbor is the first city to start the PACE program, more information regarding the Ann Arbor PACE program go to www.a2energy.org
All in all the workshop was another success and how could it miss, being held at Oakland County’s first green airport terminal. The new terminal only open two weeks, is Michigan’s first LEED certified airport terminal and the nation’s first LEED certified general aviation airport terminal.
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Source: Sally Bellanger, Contributing Writer, GreeningDetroit.com