Sustainability Commission


  • 12 times / year
  • TBD:

Agenda & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 



  • Ashley Frank

Term Expires: June 30, 2021

  • Mark Graf

Term expires June 30, 2023

  • Nathan Inks

Term expires June 30, 2021

  • Jonathan Matthews

Term expires June 30, 2023

  • Raelanda Robinson

Term expires June 30, 2022


(A)    The City of Sterling Heights recognizes that sustainability is essential for the continued livability of the planet.  While a global concern, solutions at the local level are critical.  The City recognizes its responsibility to:

  1. Provide efficient, equitable, and responsible access to and use of social, economic, and natural resources; 
  2. Use resources cost-effectively while ensuring they are used no faster than they can be replenished through natural systems; 
  3. Assure that the benefits and costs of society are equitably distributed throughout the community; 
  4. Consider the long-term environmental, economic, and social impacts of our actions; 
  5. Promote education and awareness of the benefits of sustainable practices to enhance the community; 
  6. Support citizens, organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods, both within and outside the community, to invest in sustainability and continually improve their practices and environments; 
  7. Prioritize long-term needs over short-term gains to ensure that the resources necessary to sustain life are available now and in the future.

(B)    Therefore, pursuant to its City Charter authority to establish advisory boards and commissions, the City Council has determined that establishing a sustainability commission for the following purposes will serve and support the City’s sustainability responsibilities and be beneficial for the City of Sterling Heights:

  1. To advise and make recommendations to the City Council and City Manager on the City’s long-range goals, policies, and programs on all matters pertaining to sustainability, including matters referred to the Commission for study as well as matters initiated by the Commission of its own accord;
  2. To develop and advise the City Council on implementation of community-wide strategies regarding waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable growth and development;
  3. To create a model of sustainability through efforts to advocate, educate,
    and promote the social, economic, and environmental health of the
    community, now and into the future;
  4. To develop and implement public recognition programs promoting individual property and neighborhood level sustainability projects;
  5. To develop educational materials and/or public campaigns regarding litter reduction, recycling, and sustainable yard and property enhancements;
  6. To work in collaboration with City staff, officials, and existing City nonprofit partners to determine annual City and community priorities, projects, and resources relative to sustainability issues that improve the environment, save the City money, or reduce the City’s carbon footprint;
  7. To assist City staff with the engagement of the City’s residents and businesses in sustainability initiatives;
  8. To broaden the lens and scope of energy and environmental needs in the
    future such as wind, solar, clean air, water, and improving infrastructure;
  9. To study and propose climate action planning, reduction of municipal energy consumption, increasing alternative energy use, and encouraging residential cultural change to embrace individual actions to help the City attain its long-term sustainability goals;
  10. To recognize natural resources as chief assets of the City and
    encourage responsible stewardship of these assets;
  11. To collaborate with state, county, and local officials, businesses, community organizations, developers, residents, educational agencies, and experts to complete studies, develop educational programs, establish volunteer programs, and identify grants;
  12. To research initiatives outside of the City to determine how other communities are addressing sustainability;
  13. To review the City’s current plans and policies, and assist with planning, implementation, community engagement, goal setting, and progress monitoring;
  14. To provide access for comment and input from residents and businesses in the City;
  15. To offer recommendations for policy updates and revisions;
  16. To educate and inform residents and facilitate sustainable practices that enable smart choices for the City and its residents which lead to a reduction of the City’s carbon footprint while promoting, through education, outreach, and awareness efforts, the conservation of energy, water, and fuel; improvement of air, climate, and water quality; investment in renewable energy; reduction of waste; and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources;
  17. To prioritize sustainability policies; 
  18. To create a Sustainability Plan by the end of its first year of existence, and thereafter update and maintain a three-year sustainability plan that outlines specific areas for City Council to study and the Commission’s recommendations relating to those areas; and
  19. To advise the City Council on any other issues and best practices related to sustainability as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

(B)    Therefore, the Sustainability Commission of the City of Sterling Heights is hereby established. 

(C)    Members of the Sustainability Commission are expected to take their appointment seriously through display of leadership, courtesy, punctuality, and consistent attendance and participation.   

(D)    The Commission shall have no authority to make any expenditure on behalf of the City, or to obligate the City for the payment of any sums of money, but may request funding from the City Council for events or training.

(E)    All recommendations and requests made by the Commission shall be submitted in writing.  All recommendations to the City Council must first be approved by a two-thirds majority of the voting members appointed and serving, and all requests submitted to the City Council must first be approved by a majority vote of the voting members appointed and serving.