The City of Evansville has earned the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns "Green Community of the Year Award." The award was presented to city officials on Wednesday, October 3, during the IACT annual conference in French Lick. In 2009 and 2011, Evansville had been named a “Green Community” by IACT and this year, was honored with the top prize.
“It’s an honor to receive the IACT Green Community of the Year” award.” stated Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “Evansville really is a great place to live, work and raise a family, but we will always work to improve. My anti-litter initiative, “Clean Evansville” and our health and fitness project “Energize Evansville” are two examples of our efforts to be cleaner, greener and leaner.”
In order to be considered for this award, the City voluntarily completed a lengthy survey, which covered all aspects of city operations: from purchasing to potholes. To achieve the “Green Communities” designation, Evansville had to earn a minimum of 110 points out of a possible 203 points. Evansville’s application was compared with other Indiana communities with a population of 50,000+.
Mayor Winnecke noted, “Evansville has been very successful in implementing programs that protect our environment while saving money. The comprehensive energy conservation projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, reduced electrical consumption by an average of 18%, saving 1010.3 tons of CO2e / year. “Renew Evansville” is our effort to reduce the overall cost of complying with stormwater quality rules by utilizing ‘green’ infrastructure solutions, which will also beautify our City.”