2012 City Showcase Participants

Congratulations to the 27 programs selected to participate in the City Showcase!

    Sustainability Incorporated – Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Sustainability Framework
    Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework builds on goals developed through a variety of public processes with input from city staff, city commissioners and community members. It includes three key aspects of sustainability – environment, economy and equity. The Framework is intended as a tool to help incorporate sustainability into current and future city planning efforts.

    Kansas City, MissouriGoing Green in Kansas City, Missouri - The Middle River Basin Green Solutions Project
    As part of its Overflow Control Program, Kansas City is implementing a wide range of green infrastructure solutions and streetscape improvements to control sewer overflows. The Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project integrates green infrastructure systems into the public right-of-way, along streets, curbs, sidewalks and as part of traffic calming measures. Kanas City collaborated with local, state and federal stakeholders to implement this innovative pilot project to keep stormwater out of the sewer system and improve water quality.

    Hillsboro, OregonGot Batteries? Hillsboro, Oregon’s Electric Vehicle Program
    A key component of the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan is the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure through the Hillsboro Electric Vehicle (EV) Program.  Since 2009, Hillsboro has worked with private, educational and medical facilities to install 35 charging stations that provide support for current EV users and are intended to encourage more widespread use of EVs. The program is intended to address the City’s long-term goal of shifting away from fossil fuels.

    Taking Action to Create a More Sustainable Community – Cathedral City, California’s Energy Action Plan
    Since 2000, Cathedral City has been creating and implementing diverse energy and solar initiatives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production, preserve natural resources and create a more sustainable community. In 2012, Cathedral City adopted a five-year Energy Action Plan that outlines energy-related goals which build off what the City has been doing over the last decade.  The Plan focuses on energy conservation measures for both government and residents, and its implementation will result in significant energy and cost savings for the community.
    Flagstaff, ArizonaIt’s Always Good to Be Prepared - Flagstaff, Arizona Develops Resiliency and Preparedness Plan
    The City of Flagstaff developed a resiliency and preparedness policy to build an increased community awareness of how weather and climate changes can impact critical resources.  After completing vulnerability and risk assessments, the City identified and prioritized at-risk municipal operations and developed an emergency management plan. Flagstaff is one of the first cities in the country to adopt a comprehensive policy targeting climate preparedness for all municipal operations.

    Lexington, South CarolinaBetter Living Through Planning - Lexington, South Carolina's Vision Plan
    As the fourth fastest growing municipality in South Carolina, Lexington recognized the need to develop a plan to help current and future residents grow the Town responsibly. Over an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012, officials received input from town committees, the chamber of commerce, the school district, faith-based organizations, homeowner associations, and downtown merchants as well as the general public. The Town of Lexington’s Vision Plan provides a roadmap for development over the next 20 years by prioritizing and leveraging public investments, enhancing quality of life through improved traffic flow, and improving pedestrian connectivity.

    Measuring Sustainability – Kansas City, Missouri’s Enterprise Sustainability Platform

    The Kansas City, Missouri Facility Management Division developed and implemented an Enterprise Sustainability Platform. The Platform monitors energy use at city-owned buildings, provides “continuous commissioning” of a building’s performance and ensures that projects meet their energy conservation goals. The Platform has led to measurable cost savings and increased energy efficiency in facility management operations. 

    Moore, OklahomaTake Us to Your Litter – Moore, Oklahoma’s Innovative Campaign to Promote Recycling
    The City of Moore wanted to offer its citizens a recycling program, but could not afford the high cost of curbside recycling.  When the City received a federal grant to renovate an existing property to serve as a drive-in recycling center, they realized significant citizen buy-in would be needed to get people to bring their recyclables to a central place. The City worked with a local advertising agency to develop an effective and unique "Take Us to Your Litter" public outreach campaign to promote the use of the new recycling center.

    Boston BikesSharing the Road – Boston Bikes

    Boston Bikes is a city-wide initiative that seeks to make Boston into a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions.  The program encourages more cycling by residents and visitors through a multi-pronged approach that focuses on educating young people, improving bicycle infrastructure, providing increased bicycle parking and organizing an annual Bike Week festival.

    Enchanted Heights, Perris, CaliforniaFrom Septic to Sewer - Making a Neighborhood Cleaner and Safer in Perris, California
    Failing septic systems in the Enchanted Heights neighborhood in Perris have contaminated groundwater, and city officials planned to install a mainline sewer system to replace the existing septic tanks. However, many residents do not speak English and were resistant to signing the required “right-of-entry” forms that would allow contractors to perform work on private property. The City of Perris bypassed its usual outreach strategy of mass mailings, glossy brochures, and information briefings at City Hall in favor of a new approach that included PSAs in both Spanish and English and informal community discussions. The children of the community participated in outreach efforts as well. Many helped distribute flyers and encouraged their parents to support the project. The City’s outreach campaign paid off; more than 95 percent of Enchanted Heights residents signed the right-of-entry forms and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013.