Why Reliable, Clean Energy Matters:
- Health of people and planet. Clean air is essential to life and good health. Changes in the climate affect both the indoor and outdoor air we breathe. Warmer temperatures and shifting weather patterns can worsen air quality, contributing to various health conditions such as asthma and allergies.
- Equity and social justice. Extreme weather events stress systems and put entire communities at risk. The people most at risk include young children, older adults, people with disabilities or medical conditions and the poor.
- Economy and community. Increasing energy efficiency reduces costs and contributes to a cleaner environment. Making reliable, long-term energy production a priority can foster economic development and job growth.
What Lansing is Doing
Lansing is served by two utilities; the Lansing Board of Water & Light and Consumers Energy. Both utilities offer programs to help residential and commercial customers lower their energy usage and are in compliance with state requirements for meeting 10 percent of retail sales through renewable energy sources.
Waste reduction and recycling are highly beneficial ways to reduce energy usage. Through CART (Capital Area Recycling and Trash), comprehensive recycling services are available to residents and business owners.
Lansing offers several alternative transportation options for people who want to reduce single person car commuting. CATA provides multiple bus routes throughout the region, walking and biking are encouraged utilizing the many sidewalks and pathways throughout the city including the Lansing River Trail, which connects to several other trail systems. The City of Lansing has even been designated a “Bike Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists!
What You Can Do
- Make your home and/or business energy efficient – By switching to appliances and lighting that are ENERGY STAR rated, you’ll save on energy bills and qualify for utility rebates. Take advantage of an energy assessment through your utility company to find out ways you can change behavior and make improvements to your home that will make an impact.
- Practice the 3 R’s – The most effective way to reduce your waste is to generate less in the first place. Adopt waste prevention strategies such as buying products that have minimal or reusable packaging, buy food in bulk, purchase quality, long-lasting goods and eliminate single-use products from your home or office.
- Recycle – Single-stream recycling services are available throughout much of metro Lansing for the collection of paper, plastics, metal and cardboard. Other items that should be recycled instead of thrown in the trash are electronics, appliances and fluorescent light bulbs.
- Compost Food Scraps – Even if you don’t plan to have a home garden, composting your food scraps helps eliminate organic waste from going to the landfill or into the wastewater treatment facility. Make composting part of your daily routine by setting up a backyard bin, using worm bins (vermicomposting) or subscribing to a curbside service.
- Use less energy for your commute – Switching to public transportation, carpooling, biking, or telecommuting can save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Encourage your employer to offer commuter benefits that address limited or expensive parking, reduce traffic congestion and minimize the environmental impacts associated with drive-alone commuting.