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At the 2016 Earth Day Celebration Mayor Wild announced the City’s involvement in a new program, the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, created to involve local municipalities such as Westland as leaders in the creation of Monarch Butterfly habitat. The monarch butterfly is an American icon that has captured the imagination of millions of Americans.  Due to loss of habitat, their numbers are dwindling.  Mayor Wild joined the Pledge, has worked with local agencies and community gardens to create additional Monarch habitat. and so can you.

The Pledge requires creation of butterfly gardens on City property.  Two new gardens have been created; one at the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center (the City of Westland Monarch Butterfly Refuge) and the other at the Westland Senior Center.

Here is the link to a flyer that outlines the things that you can do at your home or business to create additional Monarch butterfly gardens to bring their numbers back.  New Flyer  Creating an education program including this flyer which will be printed and distributed at future City events such Blues, Brews and BBQ, the Westland Farmer’s Market, Mayor Wild’s Community Gatherings and many other events. The flyer will also be made available at all City buildings to pass along the word to create Monarch habitat.

Creating a proclamation is one of the items that a City can do for the Pledge.  Here is a link to the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Proclamation that Mayor Wild read at the 2016 Earth Day Celebration.  Monarch Pledge Proclamation

Other action items that have been include:

Working with and educating local community gardens to create Monarch Butterfly habitat and to add milkweed to these community gardens.  Mission: Green was fortunate enough to be able to procure 32 milkweeds plants from the Monarch Watch – University of Kansas to distribute to the community gardens and new butterfly gardens in the City.  They were distributed on May 5, 2106 to the DTE Energy Community Garden, the Norwayne Community Garden, the City of Westland Monarch Butterfly Refuge at the JBCVC and the Butterfly Garden at the City of Westland Frienship Senior Center.

 

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Thanks community and butterfly gardeners for becoming part of the City of Westland Mayor’s Monarch Pledge!!!  There is more to come.

 

 

 

 

Spring is here and its cleaning time!!   Like many others I’m guessing you have or are going to clean out that garage or basement.  When this happens, we usually find old chemicals or fluids, batteries or other items that are deemed hazardous waste.  So what do you do with them?  Don’t throw them out in the trash.  That contaminates the landfill.  Instead…

On Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm The Wayne County department of Public Service will be sponsoring the 2016 Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling event.  It will be held at the Westland Shopping Center behind JC Penney as it has in the past. For more information regarding acceptable items please contact the Wayne County Department of Public Services at (734) 326-3936.

Items that are being collected include, floor wax, floor care products, carpet cleaner, furniture polish, bathroom cleaners, stain removers, household paints stains and dyes, glues, auto batteries, mercury thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, fertilizers and pesticides, anti-freeze, motor oil, gasoline, cellphones, TV’s, computer monitors and printers.

UPDATE!!!

Another successful event was held.  Over 500 vehicles were served between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. The collection filled and disposed of twenty, 30 yard, one, 60 yard and two 80 yard roll-off dumpsters of hazardous materials.

Great Job Westland residents!!!

 

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In September 2014, history was made in the City of Westland, when the new Westland City Hall opened up at 36300 Warren Road.  A long vacant retail building located in the heart of Westland’s Shop and Dine District was transformed into the building and site you see in the picture above.  Westland’s TIFA district funded the project which resulted in the consolidation of all of the City Departments under one roof.  Many changes were made to the existing building to make it the new state-of-the art facility that it is today.  None were more important than the changes that were implemented to make it a more environmentally friendly building and site.  Environmentally conscious upgrades include the extensive use of LED lights in the building interior as well as the extensive use of natural lighting throughout the building to reduce the amount of electricity used, lowering the carbon footprint of the City. High efficiency boilers and HVAC units were installed and motion-sensor light switches were utilized throughout the building so that lights are off when rooms are not in use.  Attention was paid to encouraging the reduction of paper throughout the building, in the bathrooms, as an example, with the use of hand dryers instead of towel dispensers.  State-of-the-art electronics have been installed by our IT department throughout the new building with over 13 miles of wires and cable to ensure the use of the most energy efficient and upgradable technology.

All of these items, and more, were designed and installed to ensure the long-term viability of the building and to make the City Hall as environmentally friendly as possible given the constraints of retrofitting an old building.  The citizens of Westland can be proud of the green components of the new City Hall, all designed to reduce the city’s carbon footprint with the same goals in mind as any other Mission:Green project, making the City of Westland a greener place to live, work and play.

 

Mayor Wild recently announced the installation of new LED street lights in the historic  Annapolis Park subdivision. The new lights, replacing the older incandescent street lights, will not only provide greater visibility to the residents of Annapolis Park but will save the City an estimated $2,100 per year in electricity expenses.
Thirty (30) new lights have been installed with the new lighting fixtures, 103 watt Cobrahead LED as opposed to the old 175 watt mercury vapor lights.
Funding for the $20,000 project came from Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds and DTE provided the labor at no cost to the City or its residents.  Thanks DTE!!!
In a recent press release, Mayor Wild indicated that this will be the City’s first use of LED energy efficient technology for street lighting and that this pilot project will allow the City to determine the extent of cost savings before moving forward on larger street lighting projects.
One more step toward Westland’s long-term sustainability as it continues its leadership role in Michigan!!!

As part of its ever-expanding Mission:Green initiative, the City of Westland provides a permanent collection site for area residents, businesses and schools to drop off old electronics.  The drop-off site is located at the Westland Recycling Center at 37137 Marquette.  Items to be collected include Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs) such as computers, monitors, televisions and printers, Eligible Electronic devices (EEDs) such as mobile telephones, computer cables, mouse or keyboards, fax machines, MP3 players, PDF’s, video game consoles, VCR and DVD players, zip drives, scanners, and other devices such as microwaves, telephones, stereos, radios and small household appliances.  No large appliances can be accepted such as air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, etc. and please no hazardous waste or items containing mercury.   While you’re at the recycling center you will notice that the center has now gone single-stream like our award winning curbside recycling program. Everything gets put into the compactor at the west side of the site unless collection is posted otherwise.

We make it easy to be green here in Westland!!!    BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO INCREASES IN COMMODITIES PRICING WE ARE TEMPORARILY NOT ACCEPTING E-WASTE AT THIS TIME.  SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.  ITEMS THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY RECYCEL IN THIS MANNER CAN BE DISPOSSED OF AT THE HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAYS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.