New ‘green' initiatives include food scrap composting

Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 13:00:18-04

Lansing continues to expand its going environmentally green efforts by announcing new initiatives that center on food, waste and energy conservation.

The “Live Green Lansing Initiative,” is a resource for residents, business and visitors to learn, communicate and get involved in Lansing’s environmental programs and activities.

Two initiative also involved include a pilot program “Craps to Soil,” and the “Community Energy Management,” program.

"I think it is critical that we continue to move this city in a green direction. This initiative, along with the support of local businesses and the community, will ensure that Lansing remains a healthy, thriving place to live for generations to come. That is what we need for this city," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

The Scraps to Soil is through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and will begin Saturday.

The program will allow participating Lansing restaurants to have their food scraps collected by Hammond Farms, to have it turned into a high quality soil that will be donated to local community farms.

The Community Energy Management is funded by a Community Energy Efficiency Grant that the city received from the Michigan Agency for Energy to fund energy assessments in city buildings in 2016.

As the city uses its energy resources more efficiently, there will be a greater potential for monetary savings from reduced operating costs and improved conditions for users of the facility, a release states. The city is also hoping this shows a leader-by-example for its residents.

“The BWL is committed to the community and our customers to ensure we are providing the most reliable and affordable power for the region for decades to come. Our goal is to have about one-third of the energy coming from clean, renewable sources and energy efficiency programs by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030,” said Peffley.

For more information about Live Green Lansing, click here.