Links/Resources

For more information, take some time to review the websites listed below:

Local Resources:

Meridian Township Greenspace Plan: www.twp.meridian.mi.us/framegreenspace.htm When implemented, the Greenspace Plan will provide a network of green spaces and non-motorized linkages that will protect and connect valued natural and cultural resources, provide linkages to adjacent communities, and improve the quality of life for township residents. View the website or click below for more information.

Meridian Township’s Plan, Appendix, Poster Front, and Poster Back.

Growing Greener in Southwest Michiganwww.swmpc.org/growgreen.asp A multi-jurisdictional regional initiative encompassing Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties which seeks to create a vision of green infrastructure based on science and public input.

West Michigan Strategic Alliancewww.wm-alliance.org A regional coalition of business and community leaders from Holland, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon who have embarked upon a collaborative vision known as The Common Framework, which includes green infrastructure planning.

GLS Greenlinkswww.flintriver.org/greenlinks A green network for the Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee region.

Saginaw/Bay Greenways Collaborative – www.saginawbaywin.org/uploads/green_infra_study.pdf A case study of a group of local, state, and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and concerned citizens united around the goal of developing a green infrastructure system in Saginaw, Bay, and Midland Counties.

CAC Voiceswww.cacvoices.org Find local resources related to publications and presentations, land use and health resource team, moving the community towards health, health impact assessments, and community forums, views and prespectives.

Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management – www.mywatersheds.org Twenty-one local municpalities and schools districts are members of the GLRC, your local watershed group. Visit the website for more information.

Capital Area Groundwater Alliancewww.capitalgroundwater.org Review this website for more information about local groundwater protection efforts and ways that you can help protect your drinking water.

Go Green! Go Lansing! Initiativewww.gogreengolansing.com The Go Green! Go Lansing! Initiative is working to promote environmental and economic health for all those who live, work, and play in Greater Lansing. The Initiative represents a comprehensive effort to establish and promote a “green” ethic and raise awareness about environmental issues throughout the region’s communities, businesses, and schools.

City of Lansing Parks Department – http://parks.cityoflansingmi.com

www.re-news.net/gogreen/gi.htm

www.re-news.net/map/

http://grassroots.wide.msu.edu/

Mid-Michigan District Health Dept. - www.mmdhd.org The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) is mission is to take action to assure the health and well-being of our community and the environment by responding to public health needs and providing a spectrum of prevention and educational services.

National Resources:

Conservation Fundwww.conservationfund.org A national environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes.

EPA Green Infrastructure General Information – http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/greeninfrastructure/information.cfm#greenpolicy

EPA Green Infrastructure Approaches – http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=298

EPA Source Book on Natural Landscaping: – http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/toolkit/index.html

International City/County Management Association - www.icma.org International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to its members and the local government community.  The organization is an internationally recognized publisher of information resources ranging from textbooks and survey data to topical newsletters and e-publications. ICMA provides technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies, helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent governments.  The organization performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and internationally, which is supported by Federal Government Agencies, Foundations and Corporations.

The National Association of Counties - www.naco.org The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

Planning for Healthy Placeswww.healthyplanning.org Planning for Healthy Places is pioneering a new approach to public health advocacy. Historically, there has been little interaction between public health officials (especially those dedicated to chronic disease prevention) and city and regional planning officials. We are working to change that. Building basic knowledge and skills on land use among public health advocates, we work to engage advocates in the land-use and economic development decision-making process throughout California. Our hands-on training and consultation, coupled with entry-level training materials, walk users through the planning process and teach them–in very practical and real-politic ways–to engage in the process. We also organize and facilitate roundtable discussions with local health officers and local planning directors.

Green Mapping in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana - www.greenmapping.org/maps

The Michigan Township Association – www.michigantownships.org

The Land Policy Institute - www.landpolicy.msu.edu The Land Policy Institute’s (LPI) mission is to resource policy makers at the federal, state, and local level with science-based tools and solutions that help build a better quality of life, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment in ways that are fair to all.