John Hieftje | Alliance to Save Energy
Energy 2030 Leader

John Hieftje

Political Career
  • Mayor of Ann Arbor:  2000-present.
  • Established policy leading to the reorganization of the City Bureaucracy resulting in savings to the City of over $15 million per year.
  • Championed the Parks and Greenbelt Initiative to forever save open space and farmland. 
  • Issued the Mayors Green Energy Challenge calling for the City Government to use 30% renewable energy by 2010 (achieved in 2011) and the city as a whole to use 20% renewable energy by 2015.
  • Founded the Washtenaw Metro Alliance for planning and cooperation with neighboring communities.
  • Founded the Clean Communities Program to clean up and protect neighborhoods. 
  • Pushed through the non-motorized initiative to move Ann Arbor to the forefront in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Worked with Washtenaw County and the University of Michigan to establish Ann Arbor SPARK.
  • Protected and expanded human services funding.
  • Promoted the building of new affordable housing for those who need it most.
  • Keeps open office hours every week for residents to sit down and talk with the mayor.
  • Initiated new effort to plan for Ann Arbor’s future. 
  • Re-established major infrastructure repair, replacement and improvements as a priority in Ann Arbor.
  • Founded the Annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street.
  • Ann Arbor City Council: 1999-2000. Major initiatives:  Passage of Ban on Mercury Thermometers. 
  • Sponsored a resolution for a reduction in the millage; approved by City Council.  
Boards and Community Organizations
  • Ann Arbor Energy Commission
  • Appointed to the Michigan Climate Action Council by Governor Granholm
  • Board of Directors Huron River Watershed Council, (1998-02)
  • Downtown Development Authority, (2002 – present)
  • Chair of the Board of Directors Recycle Ann Arbor (1989 – 1991)
  • Chair: Urban Core Mayor’s of Michigan. (2004-05)
  • Member: The Wolfpack of the National Wildlife Federation
  • Board of Directors, Lake Superior Conservancy and Watershed Council, Sault St. Marie, Ontario, 2004 – 09
  • Environmental Leadership Award for 2008, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Elected Local Official of the Year, Michigan Parks Association, 2004
  • Conservation Leadership Award, Greater Detroit Audubon Society, 2004
  • Preservationist of the Year, Washtenaw Land Trust, 2003
Major Presentations (sample)
  • Moving Forward: How a Mid-Size City is Moving to Renewable Energy:  10th Annual Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference - Presented by the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses and the Sustainable Energy Coalition, Washington D.C.
  • Local Government Initiatives:   National Summit - Coping with Climate Change-University of Michigan School of Natural Resources May 8-10, 2007
  • The Emerald Ash Borer Challenge:  Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases – Atlanta Georgia,  Jan, 23 & 24 2007
  • University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy 2007- present.
  • B.S. Political Science, Eastern Michigan University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer High School