Oakland County workshop focuses on greening downtowns

The last of three workshops aimed at the revitalization of downtowns in Oakland County is set to go down on Friday, August 14.

The “Lead Your Downtown from Brown to Green” workshop will focus on tackling sustainability issues, such as historic preservation and eco-friendly development.

“As the title says, we’re trying to take downtowns from brown to green by letting them (local stakeholders) know what they can do in this economy,” says Bob Donahue, executive director of Main Street Oakland County.

A number of topics, including how to make best use of brownfield sites, effective historic preservation, and how to incorporate green-building practices, such as LEED standards, will be covered. Other subjects will include tapping into farmers markets, the cost-effectiveness of LED lights, and how best to employ urban forestry.

Main Street Oakland County is encouraging local architects, planners, preservationists, developers, city officials, and community activists to attend. The cost is $75 per person. The workshop will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford.

Source: Bob Donahue, executive director of Main Street Oakland County
Writer: Jon Zemke