INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Independence City Council tonight approved a resolution affirming their goal to be the “Greenest City in America” through energy and water conservation practices, renewable energy development, waste reduction, purchasing electric vehicles when appropriate and supporting the development of parks and trails to protect the environment and provide a more walkable community.
“In November my fellow councilmembers and I were challenged to think big about what is next for Independence, and working toward a greener city was one of the big goals we came away with,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Independence has already taken great steps toward this effort – converting the Blue Valley Power Plant from coal ahead of schedule in 2015, converting all of our streetlights to LED, building an award winning Platinum LEED Independence Utility Center, and laying the groundwork to become the largest producers of solar energy in the state. This resolution is a map toward the future, ensuring we are taking steps to protect our resources for generations to come.”
As outlined in the resolution, which you can find here, the City Manager will now work with city staff on public education, internal energy efficiency efforts, and more. City staff will provide updates throughout the year.