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Sustainable Chicago outlines the specific challenges we face and opportunities we can realize when we work together to make Chicago a healthier, more livable and more prosperous place. It focuses on the choices, commitments and actions that will deliver immediate results over the next few years and will continue to pay dividends for our people, businesses and environment for years to come.

City of Kingston, Canada - Sustainability Video

A great concept in urban gardening has been Community Orchards. Easier to maintain than a vegetable garden, orchards provide a number of services. Economically they provide locally grown produce for members of the community. They act as a focal point for community interactions and educational programs. The Philadelphia Orchard Project has planted over 1000 berry bushes and 500 fruit trees. The project has focused the communities environmental initiatives providing a project the brings concerned citizens together. The orchards provide a number of environmental benefits. These include increased biodiversity, habitats, erosion control, and nutrient cycling. The project has created a video to help promote the project.

The City of Allen, Texas has been actively taking steps to reduce the energy consumed by City owned facilities. One of the energy saving projects identified from the energy audit included the installation of solar photovoltaic modules on the roofs of the existing Municipal Courts/Parks & Recreation (MCPAR) Building and the proposed Service Center. The installation for the photovoltaic system for the MCPAR building began late January 2010 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. Ninety US manufactured solar photovoltaic modules will be were configured into a 1,600 square foot grid and mounted onto the south facing standing seam metal roof. The 20 kilowatt system is projected to generate about 27,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

The City of Dayton's energy conservation and sustainability achievements are recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency with an Energy Star designation for the century-old City Hall building located at 101 W. 3rd St. The Energy Star certification follows the installation of more than 1,500 energy-saving T8 lights, a heating/air conditioning system upgrade, weatherization and other improvements. The City Hall upgrade is part of a 10-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell designed to reduce costs and modernize facilities while saving energy. 

 
 
 
 
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