Are you looking for way to help your community to go green?

Novi, Michigan is known for amazing shopping, great schools, and as a fantastic place to raise a family. The city is also known for its initiative for going green.

The City of Novi defines going green as,

        “Going Green generally means practicing an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle as well as decision making, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.”

In 2014, the City of Novi was recognized as a part of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge for environmental leadership. The criteria that the Challenge measured included progress in implementing energy, economic development, and environmental improvements. According to the city’s website, Novi achieved silver status for exemplary action in a variety of categories for projects that include:

  • Installation of twenty-four 270 watt overhead light fixtures to a new LED fixture to realize a reduction of over 4000 watts of electricity per use

  • Replacement of Novi Civic Center boiler (20+ year old) to increase efficiency from 70% to 89%

  • Installation of water bottle filling stations to divert thousands of plastic water bottles from landfills

  • Investment in motion sensing lighting to reduce the amount of wasted electricity from lights being left on for long unoccupied periods of time;

  • Incorporating recycled-content building materials into projects including carpet, furniture, and tile.”

Not only has the City of Novi provided helpful information on how to go green on its website, but in the next month, it is offering five different go green community events.

2015 Novi Cares Events - It takes a community to be green!

Cemetery Clean Up Day

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Novi Cemetery
  • 25445 Novi Road, Novi, Michigan (just south of Main Street)

The City of Novi Beautification Commission invites you to join in helping to honor the deceased at the Novi Cemetery by cleaning up and beautifying this resting place.

Arbor Day

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lakeshore Park
  • 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan

Arbor Day is officially April 24 this year and is a day that is dedicated each year to care and plant trees. This is an annual celebration that allows you to give back to our community. Join other volunteers at Lakeshore Park to plant and mulch trees on Saturday, April 25. This is a great event to teach your children about the importance of trees and how to plant and care for them.

Earth Day

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • MSU Tollgate Farm
  • 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, Michigan

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated across the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Although officially recognized worldwide on April 22nd, the City of Novi has partnered with the MSU Extension Tollgate for this year’s Earth Day event on Saturday, May 9th. During this event, volunteers will be planting trees, mulching, weeding, Garlic Mustard Weed pulling, and more. This is another opportunity to involve your children and teach them about the importance of protecting our environment.

River Day

  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Rotary Park
  • 22220 Roethel Drive, Novi, Michigan

River Day will be held on May 30 this year. During this event, volunteers will help out with “spring cleaning” Rotary Park, which is part of the Rouge River Watershed. Spring cleaning activities include planting, weeding, and clearing the walking trails. All volunteers will be treated to a picnic lunch at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided by the Novi Rotary Club.

It Takes a Community to Go Green

All of these events offer a great opportunity for you and your family to take part in helping the community of Novi. They will take place rain or shine, and no registration is required. While gloves will be supplied, hand tools and shovels are recommended. For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service Department at 248-347-0400.