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Water Service Affordability Full Report
Paper/Project Report

This technical report examines the current state of affordability of water services (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater) across the state of Michigan. The report presents quantitative analyses that are drawn from public source data. These are complemented by perspectives, insights, and personal experiences with water rates, bills, and utility management, gleaned from conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel. The report offers key considerations for policymakers developing solutions to Michigan’s water affordability crisis. The research was funded by the Mott Foundation.

December 2021
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Fact Sheet

This factsheet provides an overview of the current state of affordability of water services (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater) across the state of Michigan. The factsheet is based on a technical report presenting quantitative analyses drawn from public source data alongside qualitative data gleaned from conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel. The research was funded by the Mott Foundation. The full report is available here.

December 2021
Fact Sheet

This factsheet summarizes the findings of a national survey to assess trends across city commitments to reach 100% renewable energy. 

September 2021
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet discusses various participatory processes, which are strategies used to engage the community, increase public knowledge, and gain buy-in for renewable energy developments.

September 2021
Fact Sheet

Community benefits ensure that renewable energy developments improve the lives of area residents. This factsheet discusses community benefits and describes a range of community benefit scenarios.

September 2021
Fact Sheet, Tool/Model

Great Lakes cities face the simultaneous and intertwined challenges of climate change adaptation and racial inequality. Urban flooding, in particular, is a growing challenge, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are often most affected. This short overview complements the full report, Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation, designed to help cities center racial justice in flood adaptation planning.

July 2021
Fact Sheet

This short document complements the full report, Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation. This document focuses on the report's fifth principle: facilitating cross-sector collaboration. It includes a checklist for putting the principle into action, as well as a case study from the Great Lakes.

July 2021
Fact Sheet

This short document complements the full report, Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation. This document focuses on the report's fourth principle: centering equity in data collection and analysis. It includes a checklist for putting the principle into action, as well as a case study from the Great Lakes.

July 2021
Fact Sheet

This short document complements the full report, Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation. This document focuses on the report's third principle: co-owning planning efforts with communities. It includes a checklist for putting the principle into action, as well as a case study from the Great Lakes.

July 2021
Fact Sheet

This short document complements the full report, Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation. This document focuses on the report's second principle: institutionalizing representation. It includes a checklist for putting the principle into action, as well as a case study from the Great Lakes.

July 2021

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