NextEnergy works with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to improve Michigan’s capacity for renewable energy manufacturing opportunities through its supply chain analysis work in wind, battery, solar, and bioenergy industries. NextEnergy has helped hundreds of automotive suppliers diversify into the wind energy systems manufacturing industry, which resulted in the creation or retention of thousands of jobs.
Green Economy: Sustainable City Initiative
Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the Green Economy: Sustainable City Initiative Program was established to increase the uptake of green infrastructure and sustainable technologies in the City of Detroit’s assets and operations. As part of this program, NextEnergy and the Clean Energy Coalition provided support to the City of Detroit by collecting data, scoping opportunities, convening stakeholders, and providing technical assistance to realize the environmental and financial benefits of going green in: building energy, public lighting, fleet and fuels, solid waste, demolition/deconstruction, and purchasing.
Curbside Recycling Outreach and Education Campaign
NextEnergy and the Clean Energy Coalition worked with a solid waste outreach and education committee to provide assistance to City of Detroit in the development of a recycling outreach and education campaign. The materials created feature large colored graphic images of acceptable recyclable items with minimal text to simplify the recycling message and make participation easy. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, the campaign included brochures, postcards, magnets, a public service announcement, instructional videos, and an updated website.
Green Purchasing Guide
In collaboration with NextEnergy, a group of University of Michigan students developed a guidebook for the City of Detroit that outlines green purchasing options. The document provides recommendations for establishing a green procurement program and case studies for the following commodities: recycled antifreeze, retread tires, high-efficiency light bulbs, remanufactured toner cartridges, green cleaning products, recycled or low VOC paint, and efficient computers.
Auxiliary Power Units (APUs)
NextEnergy helped secure a $1.5 million federally-funded Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant to purchase 200+ auxiliary power units (APUs) for City of Detroit municipal vehicles. APUs are used as battery packs on vehicles to run essential equipment without using power from the idling engine, saving fuel and emissions.