Van Buren Township: Going Green
Van Buren Township recognizes many of the
current environmental issues facing the community. Rising gas and energy
prices, concerns about global warming, conservation of scarce resources,
and problems with air and water quality are only a few of the challenges
that our community, nation and planet must overcome to ensure a healthy,
sustainable future. Van Buren Township acknowledges that these problems
are urgent, and would like to share some of the recent initiatives aimed
at reducing our environmental impact.
Things to look for at
- Installation of new high efficiency light fixtures in Township Hall
- Installation of timers on light switches at Township facilities to
reduce electricity consumption
- Installation of rain sensors on irrigation systems to reduce
excessive water use.
- Installation of timers on water faucets to reduce water use.
- Office paper recycling implemented in Township Hall.
- Post-consumer recycled content office and computer paper.
- Water quality demonstration projects funded through Rouge River
National Wet Weather Demonstration Project.
- Public education on recycling, water quality protection, toxics
reduction and energy conservation provided on Township website and
- Used oil recycling for fleet vehicles.
- New fuel pumps for vehicle fleet that will increase efficiency and
digitally monitor water content in fuel.
Other Township Buildings
- Riggs heritage
Park, storm water infiltration of the entire site contained, solar power
for electricity (off grid), LED (lights)
- Bio-swale to filter storm water runoff installed at Fire Station No.
Policies and Information for the Public
- Published guidelines for residents to reduce water consumption for
irrigation and eliminate common household leaks.
- Specifications added to landscaping contract to avoid application of
fertilizers and pesticides around storm water facilities and waterways.
- Fertilizer use policy adopted by the Environmental Commission and
Township Board of Trustees.
- Woodlands ordinance.
- Open space development ordinance.
- Digital water meters that reduce the need for individual trips to
households. Reduces gasoline consumption and CO2.
Van Buren Township:
Van Buren Township
also recognizes that several businesses in the community are doing their
part to reduce energy consumption and improve the environment. The
Township is aware of several achievements of local businesses, and would
like to share a few of those with our residents. While there are many
others doing their part to improve the quality and health of our
community, below are a few of our shining examples:
- EQ: The
Environmental Quality Company,
has the largest capacity for hazardous and non-hazardous waste in
the country. While a hazardous waste facility is not a popular land
use, the services they provide are critical to the region’s
manufacturers and businesses to safely dispose of waste products.
Located on the N. I-94 Service Drive, Wayne Disposal and Michigan
Disposal Treatment plant can treat over 630 waste codes and excel at
treating inorganic and organic wastes. EQ is also a leading recycler o
f solvent, used oil, glycol (antifreeze) and other commercial products
that are reprocessed at other southeast Michigan facilities. EQ is
committed to research and development to ensure that EQ meets or exceeds
U.S. EPA standards. Additionally, an on-site laboratory is available
for any customers’ analytical needs.
- Grand River
Printing & Imaging, located
on Haggerty Road, is the first printing company in the state of Michigan
to achieve a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and offer
products that can be verified as being derived from responsible
forestry. Under the principles of responsible forestry, Grand River is
now able to demonstrate that the path taken by raw materials from the
forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing,
transformation, manufacturing and distribution have been performed in a
manner that are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and
economically viable. Grand River has also
been recognized three times by Crain’s Detroit Business/IRI as a top
workplace in southeastern Michigan and has been selected twice as one of
the top ten best employers in the area.
New Lawn Sod Farm, a small family owned business off of Martz Road, is doing their part to
keep excess nutrients out of our local waterways. Phosphorus is a common
nutrient that runs off suburban lawns and can lead to algae blooms in
waterways and overall degradation of water quality. New Lawn Sod Farm
provides a bag of phosphorus-free fertilizer and an information packet
about how to maintain your lawn in an environmental friendly manner with
each new lawn purchase. One customer at a time, they are helping educate
residents about how they maintain their lawn can affect our local
located off of Tyler Road,
is a leading provider of
technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic
consulting to the world's automotive industries. Ricardo now occupies a
leading position in the development of hybrid vehicle systems and of clean
diesel and gasoline engine technologies offering improved fuel economy,
reduced CO2 and low regulated exhaust emissions. The company’s Advanced
Propulsion Systems (APS) product group is responsible global activities in
alternate engine and fuels, fuel cell technology, hybrid vehicle and
electric traction systems for light duty, commercial, and off-highway
Corporation, during the
design of their world headquarters off of Ecorse Road, incorporated
energy saving technologies and strategies to reduce energy use at the
corporate office complex. Grace Lake Corporate Center has a central energy plant
that utilizes the relatively constant temperatures of the water in the
on-site reservoir, Grace Lake, to heat and cool their buildings through
a heat exchanger. The buildings are constructed with high percentages
of renewable and natural materials, making them more environmentally
friendly. The corporation also worked with the Township to create Visteon Woods, a natural area preserve in the northwest corner of the
site that sets aside quality wetlands and woodlands under a conservation
easement. There is a trail with boardwalks that weaves its way through
Visteon Woods and highlights unique ecological features. The
Corporation has applied to for Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification for the Grace Lake Corporate Center development and
anticipates receiving a silver award designation.
Management, Inc., is the
leading provider of waste and environmental services in North America.
It’s Woodland Meadows site, north of Ecorse Road, accepts municipal
waste, brush and yard waste, construction and demolition debris,
contaminated soil, municipal solid waste, and recyclables. Woodland
Meadows may only be a small part of Waste Management’s physical assets,
but the site’s recycling collection helps make Waste Management the
nation’s largest recycler. Waste Management has also announced an
environmental initiative that will serve as a platform for sustainable
growth between now and 2020. Planned initiatives include the following:
increasing waste-based energy production, increasing the volume of
recyclables materials processed; investing in cleaner technologies, and
preserving and restoring more wildlife habitat across North America.
Van Buren Township:
One of the Township’s concerns is the
community’s recycling rate. Recycling reduces greenhouse gases (which
contribute to global warming) by:
Saving energy – especially by reducing
energy consumption associated with extracting, processing
and transporting ‘virgin’ raw materials. Manufacturing with
recycled materials uses less energy overall compared with manufacturing
using virgin materials.
Increasing carbon uptake by forests
(recycled paper, for example, leaves more trees standing so they can
breathe in our carbon dioxide).
Reducing and eventually eliminating the
need for landfills (which release methane) and incinerators (which waste
energy relative to recycling and reuse).
- *By recycling half of your household waste you can save 2,400 pounds
of CO2 a year, which is equivalent to using 120 less gallons of
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