GODFREY – Godfrey Mayor Michael McCormick was recognized with a Confluence Conservation Leadership Award by the Mississippi Earthtone Festival Planning Committee at a recent monthly Village Board meeting.
Committee representatives cited the mayor’s recent leadership in helping Godfrey become a Cool City. Cool Cities is a voluntary program sponsored by the Sierra Club that seeks to engage citizens with their local governments to advance the goal of reducing greenhouse gases at the municipal level.
Municipal entities that sign on as Cool Cities adopt ordinances that create committees of local citizens whose aim is to collaborate with community stakeholders to implement environmentally friendly projects that save money, create jobs, and help combat climate change. Each Cool City sets its own climate protection goals and works with the committee to choose projects that work best for each locale.
“Many of the projects that Cool Cities committees take on are energy efficiency retrofits that end up saving taxpayers money,” said Nate Keener, a member of Godfrey’s newly forming Cool Cities Committee.
Godfrey became a Cool City in August, joining Alton, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, South Roxana, Collinsville, Granite City and Belleville in making the commitment in the Metro East. In 10 years, more than 1,000 communities have committed to becoming Cool Cities.
Since becoming a Cool City in 2012, neighboring Alton has achieved a number of accomplishments, including a $67,000 grant from ConocoPhillips for two hybrid vehicles, a $60,000 grant for variable-speed motors at their sewer treatment plant, and the savings of more than $1 million in reduced electricity for streetlights.
Sierra Club staffer and Cool Cities advocate Virginia Woulfe-Beile thanked McCormick for his efforts and congratulated him on receiving the award.
“Mayor McCormick played a key role in the adoption of the Cool Cities Initiative, which will make improving the energy efficiency of municipal operations a priority in the village of Godfrey,” Woulfe-Beile said.
Godfrey’s Cool Cities Committee is currently forming and Godfrey residents interested in getting involved can contact Woulfe-Beile at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nate Keener at email@example.com for information.