It’s Earth Week! Want to make a difference? Ann Arbor is packed with organizations and resources promoting energy efficiency and environmental conservation. Check out these resources to help you celebrate Earth Week year-round in Ann Arbor.
The getDowntown program, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, promotes bicycling and alternative transportation. It provides information and assistance to downtown businesses and employees on commuting options, such as biking, riding the bus, walking, and vanpooling. getDowntown runs many sustainable transportation programs and events throughout the year including Curb Your Car Month, and the Commuter Challenge. Check their website for details on the Commuter Challenge, which begins May 1.
115 West Huron, 3rd Floor
Ann Arbor, 48104
Recycle Ann Arbor
A non-profit organization, Recycle Ann Arbor (RAA) provides education and collection, procession and distribution of recyclable materials throughout Washtenaw County. RAA encourages people to reduce the amount of waste they generate through the reuse of usable materials before buying new ones, and to recycle materials that can be made into new ones. Their facilities include the Drop-Off Station, the ReUse Center, the Environmental House, Calvert's Roll-Off Containers (construction recycling), and several satellite drop-off locations. RAA also offers commercial collection services to businesses in the City of Ann Arbor.
Drop Off Station
2950 East Ellsworth
Ann Arbor, 48108
The ReUse Center
(Recycle Ann Arbor)
The ReUse Center accepts donations of reusable household goods, office supplies, and building materials that it resells to the general public at affordable prices. This is a great place to recycle furniture, home goods, electronics, and other items (check their website for a list of accepted donations), and also an excellent resource to find something you need for your home at a reasonable price.
2420 S Industrial Hwy
Ann Arbor, 48104-6130
Environmental House Green Building and Energy Program
(Recycle Ann Arbor)
Recycle Ann Arbor's Environmental House green building and energy program now offers home energy audits. The program offers personalized on-site home assessments, and can show you how to lower your home energy bills through strategic energy conservation.
The Ecology Center is a nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice and a sustainable future. Their major are: GEE-WOW!, an environmental education program for K-12 students, Environmental Health Project, working to protect our health from toxic chemicals in food, air, water, and household products, Clean Car Campaign, promoting real-world solutions to reduce and eliminate pollution from automobile manufacturing and Land Use, preserving farmland and natural areas, concentrate development where infrastructure exists, and reduce traffic congestion.
Ecology Center's Earth Day Benefit, Saturday, April 25, 8-11 p.m.
117 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, 48104
Mayor’s Green Fair
The ninth annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street is Friday, June 12, from 6-9 p.m. Downtown Main Street will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment and walking tours, and will feature over 100 exhibits with environmental information, hands-on youth activities, clean energy, green construction and transportation options, as well as information on BikeFest 2009, WasteKnot Business Partners, and more.
734-794-6161 ext. 41602
This innovative car-sharing program allows members to pay a modest fee for use of a car for a few hours. Four cars- two Scion xDs and two Toyota Matrixes, are parked downtown, two near Palio restaurant on Main Street, and two near Kerrytown at Fourth Avenue and Catherine Street. The cars can be reserved hourly or by the day. Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Authority is subsidizing the costs of the program. The Zipcar program has been operating since 2006 on the University of Michigan’s campus for use by students and faculty, and currently has over 1,000 people signed up as members. Zipcars are an excellent option for residents who need use of a car, but don’t want or need to commit to monthly car payments, maintenance, and insurance. www.zipcar.com/umich
Peoples Food Coop
The Peoples Food Coop offers healthy food in a community-based environment. The coop purchases locally grown and produced food when available to support the local economy and reduce pollution produced by shipped from a distance. Organic food, grocery, home and beauty care products are available. The Food Bar is a good stop for a quick take-out meal, and features fresh salad ingredients and hot soups, side dishes, entrees and desserts. Anyone can shop at the co-op, which is a member-owned store. Located in Kerrytown, downtown Ann Arbor
216 North Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, 48104
U of M Alternate Transportation Website
This University of Michigan Website is a great resource for ideas on commuting to and around the UofM campus. The website offers information and ideas on walking, rollerblading, biking, bus transportation, carpool and vanpools, motorcycles and mopeds and zipcars.
Downtown Home and Garden
This hundred-year old store evolved from a livery stable and feed mill into an urban emporium for garden supplies and gourmet kitchenware. This shop is an excellent resource for gardening supplies, including organic products and seedlings. A supporter of environmentally friendly activities, Downtown Home and Garden is sponsoring a soil testing event on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Check their website for details.
Downtown Home & Garden
210 S. Ashley Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104