Ann Arbor was named one of the Top Medium-sized Cities by the Natural Resources Defense Council "Smarter Cities" site. Ann Arbor has been working hard to achieve a greener future through measures such as:
1) Energy - 5,000 solar roofs initiative, LED street lighting project, solar farmers' market, biodiesel plant study, wind project;
2) Water - phosphorous-free fertilizer ordinance, flood mitigation plan, rain barrel and rain gardens;
3) Transportation - non-motorized transportation plan, alternate transportation vision;
4) Recycling and waste - compost pilot program information, expanded recycling services;
5) Land use and development - Green Belt strategic plan, tree re-planting, brownfield clean-up projects; and
6) Parks and recreation - "Adopt-a-park" program, new open space plan.
Public environmental/green programs are plentiful and readily available to residents.
A recent example of how the residents of Ann Arbor are improving their environment is through responsible recycling. More than 3,200 people dropped off old computers, TVs, and other electronic waste at a free public recycling event in Ann Arbor in April 2010. This "e-waste" event was co-sponsored by University of Michigan's Office of Campus Sustainability and Ann Arbor Public Schools.