1. Between 2006 & 2009, our city investigated, designed, developed and is now implementing a micro-hydroelectric generating system using water pressure from our culinary water sources. The energy produced is sold back to the power company in the form of net-metering. It is estimated that the amount of electricity produced will cover 100% of the electrical consumption of the city buildings. The project is called “Blue Energy” and should be online and fully operational by the end of 2016.

  1. Between 2006 & 2009, our city investigated and implemented an opt-in/opt-out program for curbside recycling of solid waste and green waste, separate from household garbage. Residents are encouraged to participate in the recycling program by sorting their disposables into the various cans and place them on the curbside for collection on the appropriate day. They city has also implemented a smaller scale glass recycling facility near City Hall & the Public Library. Residents can bring their recyclable glass items to the bin, where the same company that does curbside recycling, picks up the glass bin periodically as it gets full.

  1. Most of the city departments have converted or are converting to paperless based records systems to reduce consumption of paper. The paper is also collected and recycled through a third party service.

  1. Our design standards for our newest business park growth areas have many standards that encourage energy efficient designs and in some cases xeriscaping. The city itself has implemented some xeriscaping for areas that would have otherwise been watered. The City has a citywide water conservation plan for its irrigation water. Residents are giving instructions on how much water is needed for their outside yards, a schedule for what days watering is permissible, and code enforcement personnel periodically monitor usage to make sure residents are compliant with the plan. Repeat offenders are fined and in some cases have their irrigation water privileges locked off until they pay a fee and get them turned back on. There has been a measurable decrease in the amount of irrigation water consumed in our city since the program and fines were implemented.

  1. Many of the transportation related pollution reduction efforts are coordinated at a county level between all the cities in our county. Our city participates as a member of the countywide committee that monitors air pollution metrics established by the EPA and implements goals and programs to reduce that pollution each year. We also participate in no-burn days, when it is determined that the quality of air would be negatively impacted by wood burning stoves and other inefficient heating methods.

  1. Transportation planning and transit planning are also a large part of our county wide efforts to reduce the number of vehicles on the freeways during commute hours. The bus rapid transit, trax, and frontrunner facilities are integrated with intermodal hubs and clear passage to and from the most populated areas and business areas such as Salt Lake City, Provo/Orem, and cities along the route. The system is constantly being improved to make it more convenient and accessible to commuters so they prefer it to driving a car to and from their places of employment. In some cases, the system is also quite convenient for transportation to and from the airport, reducing both cars on the road and stored vehicles in large open air parking fields.

  1. Our city has invested in the design, designation, and construction of an integrated walking/biking trail system. The majority of the system is tied into systems from neighboring cities so it is possible for recreation use and well as business commuting within the valley. While user acceptance is not universal, thousands of pedestrians and cyclists are counted using the system on a monthly basis.

  1. For a small rural city of 35,000 people, Pleasant Grove is actively participating in programs, policies, and investments that are practical and appropriate to encourage wise concern and care for the environment.

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