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National Environmental Hall of Fame Honors Aurora

The City of Aurora continues to earn distinctions on both local and regional levels as a green sustainability leader after being recognized by the National Environmental Hall of Fame this week.

The organization presented the City with an award in the “Sustainable Cities Field” and “Sustainable Programs Category” at the Aurora Committee of the Whole meeting April 17.

“The City of Aurora will continue to adopt strategies that benefit both the environment and the quality of life of our residents,” said Mayor Tom Weisner. “We are committed to the long-term goal of establishing Aurora as a leader in municipal sustainability.”

Aurora’s green initiatives have been a top priority when it comes to development, infrastructure, City operations and other community efforts under Mayor Weisner.

The Aurora Police Headquarters and Branch Court facility, which opened in 2010, was built to be one of the most environmentally-sound municipal buildings in the country using 30 percent less water and 27 percent less electricity compared to a similar sized building. The City was awarded LEED Gold certification for the facility by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Some of Aurora’s other major sustainability projects include RiverEdge Park. The project not only will serve as an economic engine for downtown Aurora, it also revitalizes the health of the Fox River and restores 30 acres of land to its natural setting.

The City’s traffic management system is giving the green light more often to commuters on some of Aurora’s major thoroughfares and also is going green for the environment. The improved travel times will improve air quality by reducing idling vehicle emissions, and the new LED signals use about 75 percent less energy compared to older traffic signals.

Aurora also has been recognized for its green fleet and has retrofitted City buildings with energy efficient bulbs that have cut energy usage on lighting by 30 percent annually. Other sustainability programs instituted by the City include sensible road salting, greener mosquito abatement and a yearlong electronics recycling collection.

The National Environmental Hall of Fame is devoted to curtailing climate change and restoring the Earth’s ecosystem by promoting green and eco-conscious living. The Hall of Fame recognizes corporations, individuals and municipalities who are committed to taking a stand for a green sustainable planet. The group’s mission is to give award recipients a platform to share their success stories on promoting green initiatives. For more information on the group, visit its website at www.environmentalhalloffame.net.

For more information on the City’s sustainability programs, visit the City’s website.

Location: Aurora, Illinois

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Release Date—April 20th, 2012