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Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership to hold public open house in Pleasant Ridge March 27

Your hometowns want to hear from you! The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership is hosting a public open house for residents and businesses on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge. The communities are seeking citizen feedback on topics like economy, education, environment, government and community that the five communities can address together to be more sustainable. Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
 
Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, have launched a partnership to examine sustainability issues. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected to participate in the project based on their history of collaboration. The partnership will engage a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. The goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.
 
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.

This is the first of several public forums planned. The project is scheduled to be completed by September, 2013.

For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page “Oakland County Sustainability” or http://www.oakgov.com/peds/program_service/sustain.html.
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