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The Catalyst Communities Initiative takes a multi-tiered approach to providing communities with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to take steps toward a just transition to decarbonization. Learn more at
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is hosting these webinars free to communities, and recordings will be posted online for future viewing.

Upcoming Webinars

October 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Decarbonizing Your Commute

Your commute – it’s one of the most stressful parts of the workday. Not only does it cost time and money, but it is also a major source of carbon dioxide and air pollution. Decarbonizing your commute is good for your wallet, health, and the environment. In this webinar, learn from transportation experts in Ann Arbor about how to reduce vehicle miles traveled, strategies for achieving carbon neutral mobility, and tips for using a free survey tool to benchmark and track greenhouse gas reductions associated with commuting.
Presenters: Chris Simmons - getDowntown and Anna Stefanopoulou, Jeff Pritchard, Tess Fields, Sivah Akash - University of Michigan

November 2, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Recycling, Composting, and Circular Economy
Solutions for Your Community

This presentation brings together two exciting EGLE initiatives – Catalyst Communities and Michigan NextCycle – to highlight the important role of the circular economy in tackling climate change. While many climate solutions are daunting, food waste reductions, composting, recycling, and green purchasing are all under Michigan communities’ control and accelerate our low carbon economy. NextCycle Michigan has grant and technical assistance solutions to support your community’s (and public and private partners) success. Please join us to hear more about NextCycle, Michigan’s growing Circular Economy, and the role of local governments.
Presenters: Matt Flechter - EGLE and Matt Naud - Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)

November 15, 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Building Community Resilience Through Recycling

Join EGLE for a panel discussion with local leaders on how and why communities have structured recycling programs to be a sustainable pillar amid a multitude of competing social, economic, and environmental pressures.

Presenters: Lori Welch - City of Lansing, Liz Vogel - Missaukee County, Sherry Blaszak - Missaukee Conservation District & Missaukee County Recycling Center, Tim Botzau and Dana Muscott - City of Bay City

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