The new Green City Initiative will help make Fort Wayne more environmentally friendly. The initiative includes purchasing hybrid vehicles, repaving the Rivergreenway to encourage more walking and bike riding, floral gardens along major corridors, and the endorsement of green building methods.
The City is purchasing seven hybrid vehicles. The new vehicles will save the City $112,000 in fuel costs. The hybrid vehicles increase fuel efficiency and will assist us in our efforts to reduce ozone pollution. City diesel trucks will also begin converting to bio-diesel fuel.
City crews will repave the Rivergreenway system and make landscaping and signage upgrades. Beginning this spring, crews will repave the one-mile section of greenway from the Harrison Street bridge to the Main Street bridge and the 1000 feet of greenway along West Jefferson Boulevard in East Swinney Park. It will take three years to repave the entire greenway.
Floral gardens will be created along four major corridors. Clinton Street from Northcrest Shopping Center to Washington Center Road; West Jefferson Boulevard from Covington/Getz Roads to Ardmore Avenue; Lafayette Street from Tillman Road to South Anthony Boulevard; and East Washington Boulevard east of Memorial Park.
I am also encouraging businesses to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for new commercial buildings and major renovations of existing buildings. LEED standards address water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and the use of sustainable materials in construction. I am excited about the work of the Northeast Indiana Green Build Coalition. This local organization is educating construction professionals, business owners and the public about green building.
Our efforts to preserve the environment will help us attract new businesses and jobs. Our ability to be inspired to make positive changes will enhance the quality of life in Fort Wayne. By being committed to innovative investments, we will be a leader in providing the best amenities and services.
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