City of Southfield
United States

Population: 72507
Area of jurisdiction: 68.06 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
2008

Mitigation actions

Public Engagement Grant Application
  Start year 2013
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Looking for Funding
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Parks and Recreation Master Plan
The mission of the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department is to provide excellence and equal opportunity in leisure, cultural and recreational services to all of the residents of Southfield. Our purpose is to provide safe, educationally enriching, convenient leisure opportunities, utilizing public open space and quality leisure facilities to enhance the quality of life for Southfield's total population that might not otherwise be available. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Storm Water Management Master Plan
The City of Southfield’s Storm Water Master Plan exists to guide the management of storm water throughout the City. The first Storm Water Master Plan, developed in 1969 identified areas of the City that could be drained by a system of proposed storm drains. By the late 1990s, much of the original plan had been implemented or was no longer relevant. As storm water management priorities shifted from managing peak flows and controlling flooding, the City updated the Storm Water Master Plan in 2001 and committed to regular updates of the plan every ten years. Over the past ten years, the topic of storm water management has continued to evolve. The link between increased runoff volume (despite managing discharge rate and water quality) and degradation of downstream surface water bodies has become a key issue in managing storm water runoff. Low-impact practices (managing storm water at its source rather than on a site or regional-wide basis) have become a preferred method for managing storm water. Very similar in nature to low-impact development (LID) techniques, green infrastructure (GI) practices are gaining support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for managing wet weather. EPA defines GI as practices that infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Oakland County Green Infrastructure Vision
Oakland County produced a Green Infrastructure Vision for it's communities of which Southfield was a partner in this project. Understand the value of Oakland County’s natural heritage and developing a shared long term preservation vision is a critical first step in preserving our natural assets. Oakland County’s Green Infrastructure Vision is this long term, interconnected vision created at the local level by engaged communities. At a series of work sessions, facilitated by Oakland County between 2005 and 2009, community participants inventoried existing natural features, established collaboration opportunities, and considered how to set and achieve future conservation goals. Programs and strategies, which both support the environment and recognize the demands of the economy, provide a balanced and sustainable approach to land use planning. The County provides Green Infrastructure capacity building assistance to local governments, businesses, work groups, and individual citizens in both urban and rural areas. Start year 2005
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Southfield Goes Green
City launched “green” Web site and environmental awareness campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the environment while providing practical ideas that residents can use in their daily lives to help the environment. As part of the campaign, the city of Southfield has launched a revamped “green” City Web site at www.cityofsouthfield.com that will include an expanded section on the environment and green living. It includes news, facts and suggestions that encourage eco-friendly lifestyle choices as well as links to other educational and environmental Web sites. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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GIS
The City of Southfield Currently has a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Department that does mapping for different types of uses/areas throughout the City. THis GIS system helps improve City services and information and improve operations. The City had layers on trees, wetlands, woodlands, rivers, landuse, etc. Start year 1990
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Tree City USA
The City of Southfield is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.The City of Southfield has planted approximately 800 new trees in the last 7 years. Start year 1990
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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SOCWA Healthy Lawn and Garden Program
The City of Southfield is a member of Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA). The City is involved with programs that promote healthy lawn and garden care for water quality. Start year 2000
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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SEMCOG Regional Green Infrastructure Vision Task Force
Southfield is a member of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governmetns (SEMCOG) Green Infrastructure Task Force. Sustainability in Southeast Michigan means managing contraction in population, employment, and fiscal capacity, while simultaneously improving economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental quality. Over the past several years, SEMCOG, with active participation from its members, has developed plans for a number of initiatives supporting sustainability as outlined in our regional sustainability plan: A Framework for Sustainability in Southeast Michigan. These collective efforts support six common outcomes for creating success in the region:  Economic prosperity;  Desirable communities;  Reliable, quality infrastructure;  Fiscally sustainable public services;  Healthy, attractive environmental assets; and  Access to services, jobs, markets, and amenities. A key component of creating success is developing a Regional Green Infrastructure Vision. The five main components of the Vision include: 1. Engage Stakeholders in Development of the Vision 2. Define Green Infrastructure for Southeast Michigan 3. Benchmark the State of Green Infrastructure in the Region 4. Determine the Future of Green Infrastructure in the Region 5. Provide recommendations on how to achieve the vision Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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SEMCOG Partners for Clean Water
The City of Southfield is part of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Ours to Protect Program. The ours to protect campaign was formed to protect and improve the quality of our water resources through a coordinated and consistent stormwater management effort. The Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water includes representatives from various counties, communities, watershed councils, the private sector, and water quality professionals in Southeast Michigan. This is a continuing program. Start year 2000
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Solar Energy Systems Ordinance
A Solar Energy Ordinance was addopted to promote the safe, effective and efficient use of Solar Energy Systems in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in producing electricity and decrease the air and water pollution that results from the use of conventional energy sources. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Wind Energy Ordinance
The City adopted a Wind Energy Ordinace to promote the safe, effective and efficient use of Wind Energy Systems in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in producing electricity and decrease the air and water pollution that results from the use of conventional energy sources. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Invasive Species Removal
The City has been working with volunteers and local businesses to removal invasive species of plants along the floodplain of the Rouge River. These plants crowd out native plants causing issues with the native ecosystem. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Beech Woods Streambank Stablization Project
This project restored an eroding streambank along the main branch of the Rouge River. Native plants were installed, reducing pollution and improving water quality. Start year 2008
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Streamwood Streambank Stabilization Project
This project restored an eroding streambank along the main branch of the Rouge River. Native plants were installed, reducing pollution and improving water quality. Start year 2005
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Carpenter Lake Nature Center
The Carpenter Lake Nature Interpretive Center will utilize “green,” sustainable architectural design and feature hands-on displays to educate the public about local flora and fauna as well as other educational nature-based programs for the community. The nature center will be developed at the 42-acre Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, located on Ten Mile Road, just east of Inkster Road. The nature preserve offers a beautiful natural setting of mature forests overlooking Carpenter Lake, which is on the Ravines Branch of the Rouge River. Start year 2008
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Carpenter Lake Restoration Project
The preserve features 42-acres of mature Oak-Hickory woodlands, forested wetlands and native meadows overlooking the beautiful five-acre Carpenter Lake. The preserve offers nearly one mile of nature trails, interpretive signs and trailheads, numerous benches and easily-accessible fishing and viewing platforms. Future plans for Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve include the addition of a new nature interpretive center that will provide environmental education programs and displays. The preserve was funded with the support of a $1,030,000 Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by a $500,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). An additional $500,000 DNR grant was also awarded that will fund the upcoming construction of the nature center. Start year 2005
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Carpenter Lake Permeable Parking Lot
Installed a parking area with permeable pavement and native plant bioswale to capture and filter surface water run-off. Start year 2006
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Alliance of Rouge Communities
The City of Southfield is a member of the Alliance of Rouge Communities.The Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is a voluntary public watershed entity currently comprised of 35 municipal governments (i.e. cities, townships and villages), three counties (Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw), Henry Ford Community College, University of Michigan-Dearborn and four cooperating partners (i.e. other organizations) as authorized by Part 312 (Watershed Alliances) of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) as amended by Act No. 517, Public Acts of 2004. The purpose of the ARC is to provide an institutional mechanism to encourage watershed-wide cooperation and mutual support to meet water quality permit requirements and to restore beneficial uses of the Rouge River to the area residents. Start year 2007
Sector Other Emissions
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Rouge River Watershed Management Plan
This plan was developed for the Rouge River Watershed and has goals and actions the city will do to improve water quality. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Rouge Growing Green
Rouge Friendly Landscaping: Native Plants for Better Water Quality The Alliance of Rouge Communities sponsored several Workshops and Bus tours in 2009 regarding Native plants, naturalizing riparian corridors, green infrastructure, grow zones and rain gardens. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Riparian Brochure / Waterside Living
A riparian brochure was created to educate the public on improving water quality and reducing pollution. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Beech Wood Greening Project
Replaced existing parking area with permeable pavement and native plant bioswale to capture and filter surface water run-off. This project also included interpretative signage to educate the public. Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Household Hazardous Waste Reduction
The City provides household hazardous waste drop off days for all of its residents. This is an ongoing program which will reduce and recycle waste. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Evergreen Hills Golf Course Grow Zone
Native grow zones were installed at a city golf course in order to improve water quality and add native vegetation. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Low Impact Development Brochure
The City created brochure/guidelines that encourages and promotes the use of low impact development throughout the City. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Valley Woods Storm Water Improvement Project
The Valley Wood Storm Water Improvement Project reduces storm water pollution and slows storm water runoff from local roadways. An innovative step pool structure was installed in order for the storm water to be slowed down before it enters the Rouge River. Native plants and interpretive signage was also installed as part of this project. This project was a funded through a grant from the EPA. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Rain Barrel Sales
The City of Southfield along with the Alliance of Rouge Communities hosts Rain barrel sales to local residents. Rain barrels reduce storm water run off to local streams while also allowing residents to use water for their own use and reducing water bills in the process. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Rouge River Clean Up
This is an annual river clean up event that has been held for the past 42 years. This annual event involves 100-200 volunteer citizens to remove debris and clean up the Main Branch of the Rouge River. Start year 1990
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Rain Gardens
On going program installing rain gardens in public right of ways to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality. Start year 2008
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Valley Woods Wetland Restoration Project
Restoration of an urban wetland, instillation of native plants and trees. The wetland reduces storm water runoff and improves water quality and native habitat. This was a federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Native Landscaping
Educate the public on use of native plants to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality. This is an ongoing program in partnership with many partners throughout the Rouge River Watershed. Start year 1998
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Recycling
Recycling offered to every resident within the City. This is a program that has been going on for years and has no end date. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Emerald Ash Borer Tree Grant
Grant funded project for 100 trees to be installed in the city. XX provided the trees, while City staff plant and maintain trees. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Municipal Energy Audits
Conduct energy audits of municipal & commercial buildings to identify energy efficient retrofit opportunities. Utilize energy savings to fund audit program on-going. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program for Buildings & Facilities
Provide tools & mechanisms for businesses & residents to implement energy efficiency activities. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Energy Efficiency Retrofits on Municipal Properties
Replaced lighting, indoor and outdoor, on municipal properties to high efficiency fixtures. Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Wetlands Preservation Ordinance
Restricts development activity in smaller wetlands, not under state or federal jurisdiction. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Woodlands Preservation Ordinance
Implemented woodlands protection ordinance which limits tree removal on residential property and restricts tree removal during commercial development. Start year 1990
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Civic Center Permeable Pavement Parking & Bioswale
Replaced existing parking area with permeable pavement and native plant bioswale to capture and filter surface water run-off. Start year 2008
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Rouge Green Corridor Project
Multi agency effort to manage river corridor through multiple jurisdictions and educate the public about natural resource. Start year 2005
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File  
Flood Plain Preservation
Long term policy to acquire flood plain and valley walls along the Rouge River and it's tributaries for storm water management and parks & recreation purposes. To date the city has acquired over 239 acres. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Non Motorized Transit Plan
  Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions