Michigan can be a state of cutting edge efficiency, both in conservation of resources and in the production of cleaner, greener fuels and technologies. Growing Michigan means sustaining an energy future that can support our great state. While oil and gas will continue to be a part of that future, it is important that we put more interest, attention, and devotion to alternative energy sources and smart technologies that use energy more efficiently. Virg Bernero is committed to bring more of both approaches to the state of Michigan when he’s elected Governor.
- Virg was the first to develop an office dedicated exclusively to green development and environmental sustainability, uniting businesses, organizations and citizens alike in pledging to reduce their carbon footprint, ensuring cleaner land, water and air for future generations
- Virg was among the first in the nation to develop a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), and a “Green School” program. According to Lansing’s Go Green website, The Green Schools Program is designed to involve students, teachers, and staff alike. Through the reduced consumption of resources and energy, schools will use less money to operate properly. This ultimately allows school districts to invest more in our children. Increased efficiency of operations and use of resources produces favorable learning and teaching environments. We can transform teaching tools and schools themselves into learning centers for increased economic, educational and environmental performance
- Virg worked to make Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (BWL) one of the most cost-efficient and green utility providers — the BWL’s new solar array is a model for how utilities can take steps toward reducing our dependence on non-renewable fuel sources
- Virg led the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in supporting the Climate Protection Agreement. Under this agreement, mayors across the nation are working to meet or exceed the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land use policies to public information campaigns
- Virg made Lansing the first Michigan city to sign on to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Challenge — a national call to action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial industrial buildings by 10 percent or more
- Virg made Lansing home to the state's largest solar array
- Virg brought the world's first dual LEED platinum building to Lansing