Dearborn receives SEMCOG award

DEARBORN — The city received the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Sustainable Community Recognition Program Award during a City Council meeting Dec. 4.

Through its Sustainable Community Recognition Program, SEMCOG recognizes member communities that have taken initiative to incorporate sustainable activities into their practices.

For local governments, sustainability is about achieving economic prosperity while protecting the environment and providing a high quality of life for residents. SEMCOG-supported initiatives help local governments achieve and maintain sustainability.

Dearborn has completed many of the recognition program’s eligible activities including developing a neighborhood stabilization program to maintain attractive, viable neighborhoods and address abandoned and foreclosed properties.

The city has also implemented a tree planting program to replace diseased trees; developed a storm water pollution prevention initiative; developed a community transit coordination plan by implementing a complete streets policy; used resident surveys to assess services, improve performances and build public trust; and adopt a multi-year budget.