SEMCOG Tabs City of Westland as Metro Detroit Area’s


Council President Jim Godbout Proudly Displays the Award

 Mayor William R. Wild and the City of Westland were awarded a Sustainable Community Award by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) at the Westland City Council Meeting on Monday, October 18, 2010.  “It is an honor for the City of Westland to be the first metro Detroit area city to receive this award,” stated Mayor Wild.  “The goal of my Westland Mission:Green initiative was to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable community from both a financial and environmentally conscience stand point.”

SEMCOG has recognized the City of Westland as a Sustainable Community for several of their initiatives including, but not limited to:

  •  Developing and implementing a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan. Westland has an established neighborhood stabilization plan in Norwayne and other CDBG areas and recently utilized Fast Track Program to involve more sites and obtain additional funding.
  • Implementing green infrastructure on public property including utilization of Energy Block Grant money for energy efficient upgrades at the Mike Modano Ice Arena, Bailey Recreation Center and Police Department. 
  • Developing and establishing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiative (SWPPI) Plan.  Westland was the first community of the 42 in the Rouge River Watershed to take a voluntary permit.
  • Developing a community transit coordination plan.
  • Distributing public outreach information to residents. 
  • Developing a multi-year budget and budget forecast. 
  • Achieving a Community Self-Assessment score of 50 or greater.

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