DEARBORN, Michigan – Tonight, the City of Dearborn will receive SEMCOG’s Sustainable Community Recognition Program Award. Accepting the award on behalf of the city will be Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and the entire City Council. The ceremony will part of the City Council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Dearborn City Hall (13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126).
Through its Sustainable Community Recognition Program, SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, recognizes member communities that have taken initiative to incorporate sustainable activities into their practices. For local governments, sustainability is about achieving economic prosperity while protecting the environment and providing a high quality of life for residents. SEMCOG-supported initiatives help local governments achieve and maintain sustainability.
The City of Dearborn has completed many of the recognition program’s eligible activities including:
- developing a neighborhood stabilization program to maintain attractive, viable neighborhoods and address abandoned and foreclosed properties;
- implementing a tree planting program to replace diseased trees;
- developing a stormwater pollution prevention initiative;
- developing a community transit coordination plan by implementing a Complete Streets policy;
- developing an access management plan for Ford Road with the cities of Westland, Garden City, and Dearborn Heights;
- using SEMCOG data in their planning efforts; and
- using citizen surveys to assess services, improve performance, and build public trust; and
- adopting a multi-year budget.
“Dearborn is a leader in sustainability. SEMCOG commends the city’s efforts and acknowledges this great work through our Sustainable Community Recognition Program Award,” notes SEMCOG Executive Director, Paul Tait.
Dearborn joins these SEMCOG members who have also received the Sustainable Community Recognition Program Award – Auburn Hills, Novi, Farmington Hills, Westland, St. Clair County, Howell, and Green Oak Township.
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region’s quality of life.