Beacon Hill at Eastgate

Community Sustainability Initiative

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Embracing sustainability practices aligns with Beacon Hill at Eastgate’s responsibility to protect the local, regional, and global environment and ensure a healthier future or residents and our broader Eastgate community.

Beacon Hill acknowledges the important connections between our mission, resident, and community wellness, and environmental stewardship. We are embarking on a venture to build and implement a well-considered, multi-stakeholder Sustainability Plan for Beacon Hill at Eastgate through:

  • Exploration and implementation of energy-efficient and renewable energy initiatives
  • Waste reduction strategies
  • Water conservation efforts
  • Sustainable business practices

As part of this effort, we seek to:

  • Build on the success of our current sustainability efforts.
  • Reduce our ecological footprint.
  • Contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
  • Inspire and educate others.
  • Realize economic value through diverse efficiencies.
  • Positively influence the broader region’s sustainability efforts.

Engaging within our resident community and the broader Eastgate community on sustainability fosters collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and partnerships, creating a collective impact toward a greener future.

Sustainability Plan Phase One Steps


Learn and document existing best practices at Beacon Hill and solicit input from residents, staff, and Eastgate community members for priorities as well as opportunities to improve and expand ongoing efforts—all in the context of successful sustainability efforts in other communities in Michigan, the U.S., and globally.


Consolidate what is learned from the Discovery process to establish areas of action, near, medium, and longer-term sequencing, as well as exploring possible approaches to leading and implementing such efforts.

Report & Recommend

Document the Discovery and Assessment steps in a published report for consideration by Beacon Hill leadership and stakeholders. Present findings to the Eastgate community to explore future collaboration opportunities.

Follow Up

Engage the Beacon Hill community to seek feedback on the report and chart a course for the next steps on a formal Sustainability Plan and begin its implementation.

The development of a Sustainability Plan for Beacon Hill at Eastgate begins with a 16-week, four-step process to engage, inform, and seek input from stakeholders. These first steps will also inventory and build upon the positive environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices ongoing at Beacon Hill.

Following the completion of Phase One, Phase Two will establish a plan with measurable goals and objectives, to be put into action by the end of 2024. Project details and updates will be published here as they become available.


Steering Committee


Matt Zimmerman
Environmental and Energy Attorney Varnum Law
Committee Chair


Joseph Rinkevich
Independent Consultant
Project Director


Micki Benz
Chairperson Beacon Hill Foundation


Ashley Edwards
Marketing and Communications Director, Beacon Hill at Eastgate
Committee Member


Sarah Johnson
Service and Events Manager
Committee Member


Rhett Pinsky
Resident, Beacon Hill at Eastgate
Committee Member


Mary Kaneti
Resident, Beacon Hill at Eastgate
Committee Member

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