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Orion Township Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Orion Township Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Orion Township, Michigan – Orion Township was recognized for environmental leadership by the statewide Michigan Green Communities program. As part of the 2021 Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Challenge, 44 participating local governments were awarded gold, silver, or bronze seals of achievement reflecting community leadership in areas such as energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resilience, recycling, environmental justice, and more. Ten communities received bronze certification, twelve received silver certification, and twenty-two received gold certification.

Orion Township achieved gold status for exemplary action in multiple categories, including planning, economic development, land use, energy efficiency,  materials management (AKA recycling, composting, waste diversion), and community engagement.  

The Michigan Green Communities (MGC) program is open to all local governments in Michigan, at no cost. MGC is a sustainability networking, benchmarking, and technical assistance program. It guides and supports communities in adapting to a changing climate, protecting infrastructure, improving the quality of life for residents, and creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable future for the state of Michigan.

Michigan Green Communities is supported by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; the Michigan Association of Counties; the Michigan Municipal League; and the Michigan Townships Association. More details about this program can be found at Questions regarding the Michigan Green Communities program can be directed to

Questions regarding Orion Township’s sustainability and environmental efforts can be directed to: Aaron Whatley, Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities.