Ann Arbor, Michigan Aids in Reducing Green House Emissions

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

   Mayor John Hieftje                        After a three year study by Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, on the energy saving use of LED lights, Ann Arbor announced that they would go forward with installing the LED Street lights. Not only does installing these LED lights save electricity but it also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions by 2,425 tons or in layman's terms it's like taking 400 cars off the road a year.

The City of Ann Arbor's mission statement is: The City of Ann Arbor is committed to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for all through the intelligent use of resources while valuing an open environment that fosters, fair, sensitive and respectful treatment of all employees and the community we serve.

Other cities utilizing the LED lights are Raleigh, N.C and Toronto, Canada. The installment will begin next month and will take two years to complete the actual project. Wow, each LED light fixture lasts approximately 10 years and will replace the normal 120- watt bulbs that lasts only 2 years.

If your wondering if you will be taxed on this great new perk for our city, the answer is NO.

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority gave the City of Ann Arbor a grant for $630,000 to fund the installation and conversion to the LED lights.

The City of Ann Arbor will save over $100,000 per year. But, the greatest news of all is the saving of our environment.

My congratulations to Mayor John Hieftje, whom is also a licensed Realtor in the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, for once again being a visionary to Ann Arbor.

John is a staunch enviromentalist who has championed many projects to save the enviroment in Ann Arbor.



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Comments (27)

Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


I think these lights are part of the new age. Good for your Mayor for taking a step in the right Direction..

Tom Weiss

Oct 19, 2007 02:55 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Mana, think how much we could add to the enviroment if we all did a little.

Tom, thanks.

Oct 19, 2007 04:15 AM
Missy~ My mother graduated from the U of M in Ann Arbor...she would say "a thousand years ago" ...and I am always interested, as she kept track, in the latest news around Ann Arbor...Reading your news about ECO + in A2 brought a smile to my face...especially since a REALTOR has opened the door on this opportunity!
Oct 19, 2007 04:16 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Missy,that is great that you have a mayor and thus a town that is looking at conserving energy.  It sounds like you also have a couple of towns to look at that have already achieved success, sounds like a win, win.
Oct 19, 2007 01:42 PM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


I am glad to hear that Ann Arbor is working to save energy and the environment.  If they save $100,000 and last 10 years they should pay for themselves. 

Oct 19, 2007 01:56 PM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Life is good when something happens that actually saves the tax payer money and happy at the same time - thanks for the uplifting story
Oct 19, 2007 06:29 PM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
Wouldn't it be wonderful if every city would adopt this plan?   It's certainly a win/win for everyone!
Oct 19, 2007 09:45 PM
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

Missy,  It is great that we live in a place that values important things like helping reduce green house emissions.  Thanks for this post because I missed this announcement. 

Sometimes when offices/malls are chilled in the summer with too much AC, I think what are you doing?  Don't you realize the wastefulness of too much AC?  Oh well, it takes time but maybe we will all realize the little things really add up.  A2 has it right!

Oct 20, 2007 01:29 AM



Come to think of it, if you happen to have more information on Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, I sure would like to know more about him. It makes me smile to think that he is a REALTOR. ...and strong advocate of eco-friendly practices.

Oct 20, 2007 01:35 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

janeAnne, Just Google him, lot of information on John and his career. He is even in Wikipedia. Did you and your mother ever visit here. Some things have never changed.

Karen, I do think Ann Arbor is always doing lots of innovative things first.

Marchel, Rita, Thesa, Kris, thanks for stopping by. Come visit us.



Oct 20, 2007 02:10 AM
Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Birmingham, MI
Associate Broker, Attorney, CDPE
Missy, I love the good Karma I get from your posts.
Oct 20, 2007 04:18 AM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
What a terrific program!!  Way to go Ann Arbor, MI!!
Oct 22, 2007 12:32 AM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Missy - I saw this in the news and think it is an excellent program. The savings are great and the effect to the environment are needed. Glad to see Ann Arbor is so progressive!
Oct 22, 2007 12:59 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Lee, your so funny,

Susie, isn't it great.

Mary, it is progressive in many things.

Oct 22, 2007 11:05 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon
By the title of your post I thought for sure your politicians had announced they were going to stop talking and releasing so much hot air! But, at least they are trying to do something.
Oct 23, 2007 11:59 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
Missy- I am glad to know your mayor is going green with the LED lights. Every small step leads to bigger ones. Katerina
Oct 24, 2007 05:21 PM


I had offices in the A2 area ... the company I grew  from the ground up (an executive search firm) was lucky enough to be a favorite of a number of high tech firms there...I visit Ann Arbor at least once a year when I'm in MI for family reunions...LOVE it!

Oct 25, 2007 01:05 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

janeAnne, please let me know so I can take you to lunch !!

Katerina, thanks you're right every small step helps.

TODD, :) LOL  not a chance.

Oct 25, 2007 05:18 AM
Eric Hughes
Image Design, LLC - East Grand Rapids, MI
the green home designer
Great post! I had the pleasure of hearing Mayor John Hieftje speakat a last years GLERA meeting in Ann Arbor. Other city should follow what he is doing for Ann Arbor.
Oct 25, 2007 07:19 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Cool ! Thanks for stopping in.
Oct 25, 2007 11:20 AM