We were disappointed to cancel the 2019 Krazy for the Kazoo event; it is a wonderful event that supports our river. Once we have a new environmental program coordination (Lizzy – Elizabeth Paul – most recently held this position), we hope to explore our options to engage the community around the environment. In 2019 the City Commission approved the city’s Sustainability Plan -- http://www.battlecreekmi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5685/City-of-Battle-Creek-Environmental-Sustainability-Plan---February-2019?bidId=. The Sustainable BC Committee is working with staff to help implement this plan. The committee meetings are open to the public, and we encourage anyone to join their conversations. You can find their meeting information on the city’s website. The city also has a Tree Advisory Board that guides our tree efforts. Recently, we have removed more trees – based on disease and damage – than we have replaced, and this is an area we are reviewing, and on which we want to improve. The Tree Advisory Board information also is on the city’s website. Visit http://www.battlecreekmi.gov/346/Boards-Committees-Councils for information on both of these groups.
UPDATE, January 2020 -- Bessie Stears is the city’s new environmental program coordinator, and Patty Hoch-Melluish is our new environmental and stormwater manager. Watch for some great environmental engagement this year with our new team!