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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Local non-profit 'rebuilds Ypsilanti'

The Clean Energy Coalition, an Ypsilanti-base nonprofit, is one of hundreds of school districts, local governments, and public housing authorities that have joined the Rebuild Michigan program since 1998. Photo by CEC

The Clean Energy Coalition, an Ypsilanti-base nonprofit, is one of hundreds of school districts, local governments, and public housing authorities that have joined the Rebuild Michigan program since 1998.
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Clean Energy Coalition assists in energy efficiency improvements

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 10, 2008    ·    2:37 p.m.


Ypsilanti’s Clean Energy Coalition, a non-profit organization promoting clean energy technologies, has launched Rebuild Ypsilanti, a project encouraging increased energy efficiency within a community.

The project is intended to reduce energy costs by assisting in energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings such as offices, retail, restaurants and multifamily residential.

“We're extremely excited to work right here in the community towards energy efficiency practices that will benefit building owners and renters financially because of the continuous increase in energy prices," said CEC Executive Director Sean Reed.

Rebuild Ypsilanti is part of a larger effort in the State of Michigan, not surprisingly called, Rebuild Michigan. The Michigan Energy Office, headed under the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, provided $102,213 to Ypsilanti’s CEC and four other communities as part of a start up assistance grant.

For owners and renters of commercial buildings in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, Rebuild Ypsilanti Program will provide:
* Free and Reduced Cost Energy Audits
* Technical Guides
* Print and Electronic Publications
* Financial Strategies for Energy Projects
* National, Regional, and Local Workshops & Meetings
* Key Program News
* Grant Writing Assistance

Since 1998 540 school districts, local governments, and public housing authorities have joined the Rebuild Michigan program according to its October newsletter.

“Enrolled partners have pledged more than 108,000,000 square feet to energy efficiency projects and to date have invested more than $69,345,000 in efficiency projects, with first year savings totaling more than $9,400,000,” the newsletter states.

The general public is invited to the Rebuild Ypsilanti Kick-off meeting from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jan. 9, 2009 at the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Road.)
This kickoff meeting will include information about the benefits of energy efficiency as well as financing options, grant opportunities, and tax incentives for implementing improvements.

To get involved in Rebuild Ypsilanti or to RSVP for the Kick-off meeting, please contact Greg Vendena at greg@cec-mi.org. For more details about the project, visit the CEC at www.cec-mi.org.



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