In 2017, the City of Grand Rapids was one of twelve cities selected to participate in the Zero Cities Project to develop an actionable and equitable roadmap to achieve a zero net carbon building sector by 2050. The Zero Cities Project was based on having a policy process informed by technical analysis that will include community collaboration and a focus on equity.
In partnership with Architecture 2030, we completed a baseline building assessment of the buildings in Grand Rapids that showed our main areas of focus were single family homes and commercial buildings over 10,000 sq. ft.
The Urban Core Collective was recommended by a national partner and agreed to serve as the City’s equity partner under the Zero Cities Project in early 2019 to address residential homes. The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan served as our partner for commercial spaces, engaging the commercial sector through the Grand Rapids 2030 District.
In 2021, when the project was completed the partners agreed to continue this work launching E.H.Zero.
For more information on the work completed in the Zero Cities Project, click below.