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Madison County, Illinois cities recognized for their sustainability efforts

MADISON COUNTY, IL – The cities of Alton and Highland were awarded earlier this year for their participation in the pilot program of the Green Cities Challenge, which was launched in 2015 as an extension of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

The Green Cities Challenge, developed by Sustainable St. Louis, Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber, addresses the unique needs of municipalities to help implement sustainability strategies in everyday operations and to engage constituents, both residents and businesses.

The City of Alton was recognized for:
  • Holding a workshop on How to Balance Energy Efficiency with Historic Preservation
  • Adopting a Climate Action Plan
  • Reducing energy consumption at Alton Public Works building from 579,000 kWh to 372,155 in three years because of lighting upgrades and other energy efficiency strategies
The City of Highland was recognized for:
  • Instituting a Complete Streets Policy
  • Creating an opportunity for children to interact with nature in a mini-ecosystem at Silver Lake Park
  • Establishing a community recycling policy for curbside recycling and City department

Both cities, who are sponsored in the challenge by Madison County Planning & Development Department, are building on these programs to further their work in sustainability.

“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,” said Alton Mayor Brant Walker.

“Having the opportunity to be a part of the Green Cities Initiative has shed new light on best management practices in the green industry,” stated Mark Rosen, Highland’s Director of Parks & Recreation.  “We are excited to embark on incorporating new ideas to be an area leader in conserving and enhancing our environmental resources.”

Other cities participating in the Green Cities Challenge are Chesterfield, Creve Coeur and Maplewood in Missouri, as well as Granite City in Illinois.

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For additional information:
City of Highland, Illinois - Mark Rosen, Director of Parks and Recreation,
City of Alton, Illinois - Matt Asselmeier, Deputy Director, Department of Development and Housing,
Madison County, Illinois - Kim Petzing, Sustainability Coordinator, Planning & Development,
EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden - Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager,

For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) and C4S Toolkit.