Two Southern Cities Selected for Sustainable Cities Initiative

The Home Depot Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Institute announced the pilot cities selected to participate in its new city program.

Southeast_MapThe Home Depot Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) announced the pilot cities selected to participate in its new city program – Charleston, South Carolina and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The cities will participate in a three-year, $1 million initiative to demonstrate the challenges and successes of implementing lasting sustainability programs at the local level. Their results – both the successes and the challenges – will be shared on a weekly basis at www.sustainablecitiesinstitute.org/city_program.

The winning cities initiatives are “sticks and bricks” projects and related policies that will produce tangible, long-lasting results. Each project is designed to provide immediate cost savings for these cities and their residents and also to be easily replicable in other communities.

“The term ‘sustainability plan’ often leads to skepticism or indifference because people don’t know what it means for them. We want to demonstrate through these pilot cities that real efficiencies and budget savings can be achieved by proactive planning in areas like energy use, waste and recycling, and building maintenance,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. “Charleston and Fayetteville presented impressive initiatives to save local resources and reduce costs while providing great benefits to local residents. We’re excited at the opportunity to work with them to implement those plans and to share the common successes and pitfalls with cities everywhere.”

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Source: PNN Online