Michigan Cities Taking Action on Climate


MICAN and Michigan Green Communities have compiled this list of climate actions (plans and goals) that communities are taking across the state.

This list is to help community leaders and activists move their town forward and help more Michigan cities take meaningful climate action. You can download a printable list here

Climate Action Plans by Michigan Cities

There are at least eleven cities and counties in Michigan with climate action plans, and two more cities have plans in development. At least nine Michigan communities have set clean energy or greenhouse gas reduction goals, and two have set 100% renewable energy goals.


Date of Plan

Energy or Climate Goal

City of Ann Arbor

Climate Action Plan

July 2012

90% GHG reduction by 2050 

100% Renewables for City Operations by 2035

City of Dearborn

Initial Climate Action Plan

August 2012

10% GHG reduction by 2015

City of Detroit

Climate Action Plan

July 2019

35% reduction in municipal emissions by 2024 and to be net-zero emissions by 2050.

The citywide goal of 30% reduction by 2025.

City of Grand Rapids

Sustainability Plan and Report

April 2013

100% Renewables by 2025

City of Hazel Park

Energy Action Plan

September 2012

50% GHG reduction by 2050

City of Kalamazoo

Climate Action Plan

April 2017

26%-28% GHG reduction by 2025

90% GHG reduction by 2050

City of Petoskey

Climate Action Plan

June 2019

100% Clean Energy Citywide by 2035

City of Southgate

Climate Action Plan

September 2012

50% GHG reduction by 2050

City of Traverse City

Climate Action Plan

February 2011

December 2016

August 2018

25% GHG reduction by 2012

100% Renewables for City Operations by 2020

*100% Community-Wide Renewables by 2040, with 40% renewables by 2025 interim goal

City of Ypsilanti

Climate Action Plan

July 2012

50% GHG reduction by 2050

Meridian Township

Climate Action Plan

October 2017

50% Renewables by 2025

100% Renewables for city operations by 2035

Northport Village 

UofM Feasibility Study

April 2016

100% Renewables by 2025

*This is the first 100% community-wide renewable goal for any city in Michigan.


Plans Related to Climate Action and Renewable Energy

City of Holland

Community Energy Plan

September 2011


City of East Lansing

Climate Sustainability Plan

April 2012


City of Farmington Hills

2020 Vision

October 2011 




Climate Action by Michigan Colleges & Military Bases

At least seven of Michigan’s colleges and universities – some the size of small cities – have set clean energy or climate goals. The Army National Guard has set a goal for Michigan’s Camp Grayling base to be its first base to achieve net-zero energy use (and water use and waste production), with similar goals for Fort Custer and Selfridge Air Base.

Colleges and Universities

Albion College

Climate Action Plan

October 2009

Carbon neutrality by 2035

Grand Valley State University

Climate Action Plan

January 2012

80% GHG reduction by 2050

Kalamazoo College 

Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

January 2010

25% GHG reduction by 2020

Northern Michigan University 

Sustainability Plan

April 2017

Creation of a green fund to strive to reach carbon neutrality

Michigan State University

Energy Transition Plan

January 2012

60% GHG reduction by 2030 and 100% clean energy transition

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Goals

April 2011

25% GHG reduction by 2025

Wayne State University

Strategic Energy Plan

September 2010

Carbon neutrality by 2030

Western Michigan University

Climate Action Plan

April 2012

Climate neutrality by 2065

Military Bases

Michigan Army National Guard

Fort Custer, Camp Grayling, and Selfridge Air Bases

June 2016

Camp Grayling Net Zero Energy by 2017 (100% RE)


Mayors Commit to Climate action

In 2014, the Compact of Mayors was launched, and the mayors of Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and South Haven have signed on to date, committing to set ambitious targets for GHG emissions reductions and transparent reporting to complement national efforts. In 2007, 30 mayors of Michigan cities signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing to reduce climate emissions in their communities and to urge state and federal government to address climate change. While the targets in this commitment are now dated, it is useful to note the commitments of these communities to climate action.


Climate Adaptation & Resiliency Plans

A number of communities in Michigan have developed adaptation or resiliency plans to help prepare for the impacts of climate change, like more intense storms and heat waves. These plans do not address reducing communities’ GHG emissions, but that could be the next step.



Alger County

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Plan

Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph

Adapting to Climate Change and Variability and Resilient St. Joseph

City of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Charter Township

Resilient Grand Haven

City of Grand Rapids

Climate Resiliency Report

City of East Jordan

Resilient East Jordan

City of Ludington

City of Ludington Master Plan

City of Holland

Resilient Grand Haven

Macomb County, City of St. Clair Shores

Resilient Macomb/St. Clair

Marquette County

Lake Superior Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and Implementation Plan

Monroe County

Resilient Monroe

Muskegon County

Muskegon County Sustainability Plan

Peaine and St. James Townships

Resilient Beaver Island

State of Michigan

Michigan Climate and Heath Adaptation Program


Michigan Climate Change and Adaptation Resources

Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities Climate Fact Sheets

LIAA Planning for Resilient Communities

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Climate and Health Adaptation Program

Michigan Green Communities Challenge

University of Michigan Climate Center – Cities Impact and Adaptation Tool

US EPA Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)


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