AA City Hall
Ann Arbor City Hall
More than half of the City Hall waste is recycled through the citys mixed papers and containers recycling collection program. The municipal recycling plant (MRF) recently installed a third sorting line to handle an additional 15 tons/hour of business paper and cardboard. An advisory group of business representatives is helping implement a municipally-provided business recycling program with a goal to recycle half of the citys entire commercial waste stream by 2012. Energy conservation measures within City Hall include the use of efficient lighting, heating, office equipment, and motion sensors to turn off lights on each inactive floor at night. The use of light-emitting diode (LED) technology has been applied to the development and installation of energy-efficient street lamps, traffic lights, and holiday display lights, which use less than half the amount of energy as previous lights. The Mayors Energy Challenge calls for a 30% use of renewable green energy in municipal operations by 2010 and 20% city-wide by 2015 through partnerships with area schools, agencies, businesses and residents. To date the citys municipal operations employs 10% green energy from solar collectors, hydro-electric dams on the Huron River, landfill gas/methane general, and the use of alternative fuels in municipal vehicles.