(From left) Kim Petzing and Emily Fultz of Madison County; Lisa Peck and Mark Rosen of the city of Highland; and Matt Asselmeier and Mayor Brant Walker of the city of Alton.
EDWARDSVILLE — Alton and Highland were recognized for their participation in the pilot program of the Green Cities Challenge, while Madison County was awarded for its efforts as a champion level participant in the Green Business Challenge. The Green Business Challenge is a joint program developed in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden to support the adoption of fiscal, social and environmental improvements for St. Louis area businesses. The Green Cities Challenge is aimed at promoting sustainability on a municipal level.
The city of Alton was recognized for the following:
- A workshop on How to Balance Energy Efficiency with Historic Preservation
- Adopted a climate action plan
- Reduced energy consumption at Alton Public Works building from 579,000 kilowatt hours to 372,155 kilowatt hours in three years through lighting upgrades and other energy efficiency strategies
The city of Highland was recognized for the following:
- Instituted a Complete Streets policy
- Created an opportunity for children to interact with nature in a mini-ecosystem at Silver Lake Park
- Established a community recycling policy for curbside recycling and city departments
Madison County was recognized for the following:
- Coordinated the incineration of more than 1,225 pounds of unused prescription medication through the Rx Takeback Program, in partnership with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office
- Awarded $16,117 in grant funds to nine county schools for sustainable projects including solid waste management, air quality initiatives, energy efficiencies and stormwater projects
- Collected and recycled 668.54 tons of recyclables at seven collection sites
- Worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to initiate the Air Quality Flag program in county schools
Alton is considered a leader in Madison County and the region for its work on climate change issues.
“The city of Alton continues to explore opportunities to engage in efficient energy practices in order to maintain our current standard of living and preserve resources for future generations,” Alton Mayor Brant Walker said.
Highland also is building its momentum in sustainability.
“Having the opportunity to be a part of the Green Cities Initiative has shed new light on best management practices in the green industry,” said Mark Rosen, Highland’s director of parks and recreation. “We are excited to embark on incorporating new ideas to be an area leader in conserving and enhancing our environmental resources.”
These strong programs and innovative projects are designed to ensure that Madison County sees growth and improvement for generations.
“Supporting local governments, businesses and residents through innovative sustainable programs will lead to a better future for Madison County, for our region and, most importantly, for our residents,” Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said. “The county’s Sustainability Program, which includes the innovative Green Schools Program, continues to lead the way toward a more sustainable future within the region.”