Energy & Carbon Emissions
Energy use and the resulting carbon emissions are a key area of focus for the City of Grand Rapids. Learn more about our efforts and what you can do to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Resiliency
We're finding ways to address climate change and are committed to reducing climate impacts in Grand Rapids. Check out some of our commitments below.
- Climate Resiliency Report(PDF, 3MB) -This report was published in 2013 in partnership with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. It identifies what changes we can expect to our local weather and risks associated with those changes (examples: more snow/rain in the winter/spring; warmer temperatures in winter, etc.)
- Climate Mayors - A bipartisan network of U.S. mayors, including our very own Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, who demonstrate leadership on climate change.
- We Are Still In - Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was one of the first signatories to the We Are Still In Pledge in June 2017. This bipartisan coalition of mayors, governors and business leaders are committed to reducing emissions and stemming the causes of climate change.
Land & Green spaces
Our goal is to increase the amount of accessible park space in Neighborhoods of Focus from 3.1 acres to 9.5 acres. You can check out our 74 City-owned parks here. Make sure to visit the Parks and Recreation page to learn more about trails, forestry and park improvement projects.
Water is a precious commodity crucial to human life. We make sure drinking water, stormwater and wastewater are managed and maintained responsibly. Check out what we're up to at our related departments:
- Environmental Services - stormwater, green infrastructure and water resource recovery through wastewater treatment
- Water System - water distribution, including drinking water
Waste & Recycling
In 2018, 23% of our residential waste was recycled. Help us increase this number by signing up for free curbside recycling as a resident or small business. Don’t forget to sign up for My GR City Points to turn your recycling into rewards at local businesses.
For more information on waste and recycling services and resources, visit our Public Works Department web page.
There are many options to getting around Grand Rapids including walking, biking, ride sharing, and taking the bus. Take a look at all the options we offer on the Mobile GR and Parking Services page.