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A gust of great news from the Clayton Green Power Community Challenge team – WE DID IT!

Thanks to a huge commitment from the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Clayton achieves the 3 percent Green Power Goal and retains distinction of FIRST Green Power Community in Missouri.

I have terrific news to share from the Team!  On December 2nd, the City officially achieved the 3% green power requirement necessary to retain the designation of EPA Green Power Community (GPC)!   As we’ve , the City had previously achieved GPC designation, a first for Missouri, in April of 2011.  A change to the EPA rules in January required a 1% increase in green power support from 2% to 3% for Clayton to remain a GPC.

The City’s GPC team (which yours truly leads) launched the second phase of the challenge on May 1st and has been working with the commercial and residential communities to garner the additional support necessary to surpass the goal by the December 31st deadline.      

Then on Friday, (right before we all started skating with Frosty and Radio Disney) we learned that the made a 100% commitment to green power and because of this commitment, Clayton was able to surpass the 3% green power mark in advance of the deadline!

The Crowne Plaza’s 266 megawatt hour per month commitment will prevent the release of 2,201 metric tons of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, annually into our Midwest atmosphere.  This emission reduction is the environmental equivalent of taking 432 gasoline-powered vehicles off the road for a year.   (That’s huge!)

I also have to mention recent support for the GPC goal also came from the collective commitment to install 130.7 kilowatts of direct solar energy at the Clayton branch of U.S. Bank, the , and a number of Clayton residences.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel and U.S. Bank join Duke Realty, the , the , , the , 30 additional businesses and over 225 Clayton residents in achieving this first in Missouri distinction – twice!

Mayor Linda Goldstein had this to say:

“First, our thanks go to Clayton’s GPC team for their commitment to helping us retain this meaningful designation. Our gratitude and respect to all who support environmental preservation, especially those Clayton businesses and residents who have signed up to purchase renewable energy credits and are helping our City maintain this important distinction. ” 

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Carly Allegri December 19, 2011 at 09:44 PM
All of us here at Brightergy are proud of the City of Clayton for their continued commitment to sustainability - and we're excited to get to work on the solar array for the new police department!
Bob Windbags December 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM
OH BOY - A WHOPPING 3% PARTICIPATION ! What a joke -- gain 3% traction on any test or in any quest and what do you have --- a FAILING grade that is not celebrated by anyone... Yet - Ameren was able to pull the City of Clayton into its public relations campaign and now the windbags of City Hall are celebrating a 3% benchmark ? Out with the old cronies that continually choose to celebrate useless benchmarks versus tightening the budgets and lowering the citizens taxes -- get in touch with your populance Mayor & Board of Alderman !!!!

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