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Natural Awakenings Ann Arbor Michigan


Sep 29, 2018 04:31PM
A  team of about 25 Toyota Motor North America Research and Development employees worked with Habitat For Humanity from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 15, on homes located at 2828 and 2827 Woodruff Lane, in Ypsilanti.

About wrapping up the 13-week volunteer-driven renovation project, Sarah Stanton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, says, “Toyota’s continued commitment to our organization is invaluable in our work of building stronger communities in Washtenaw County,”

Toyota Executive Engineer Pradeep Balakrishnan states, “In our partnership of over 11 years, our team members have volunteered thousands of hours to build homes in Ypsilanti. We value our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley and are committed to continue to help improve our community together.”

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The city of Ann Arbor convened a free A2energy Power Hour event on September 25 at the district library to work toward significantly reducing its carbon emissions by encouraging local building owners to use energy wisely and invest in renewable energy. Homeowners learned how their house can be made more energy-efficient and if it is a good candidate for solar.Presenters included Michigan Saves on their contractor network and financing options; Washtenaw County staff on their free weatherization and furnace test-and-tune programs for low-income homeowners; DTE on their home energy consultations and available rebates; Ann Arbor energy commissioners on how to go solar; and Habitat for Humanity on their refrigerator replacement, furnace test-and-tune and weatherization programs for income-qualified homeowners.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner and community partners sponsored an Environmental Clean-up Day on September 29 at the Thomson-Reuters office complex, in Ann Arbor for the safe, sustainable disposal of unwanted household items.

“Washtenaw County Public Works is happy to host the County Clean-up Day to help residents safely recycle and dispose hard-to-get-rid-of materials that can collect around the home,” says Theo Eggermont, Washtenaw County Public Works director. “We encourage residents to first reduce consumption where possible, donate if still useable, recycle if available and then finally dispose of responsibly as the last option.”

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