2009-2011 Sustainability Report Summary
- During 2009-2011, over $900,000 in outside funding was directed to specific sustainability projects and to leverage City resources.
- Transportation projects saved the City money:
- Traffic Signal Synchronization saves Grand Forks drivers $5.3 M annually.
- Hybrid buses save more than $20,000 in fuel costs annually.
- Energy efficiency facility upgrades will save money into the future.
- Landfill Methane-to-Electricity Feasibility Study indicated that collecting methane from the closed landfill was not cost effective.
- Grand Forks’ livability is increased through community projects:
- The 2011 Greenway Tree Planting brought together community members to plant trees, get some exercise and enjoy the Greenway.
- The Amazing Grains Community Garden provided fresh local produce and the opportunity to socialize and exercise. Additional Community gardens will be available in 2012.
- Traffic Signal Coordination reduced driving time for Grand Forks drivers allowing them more time to enjoy their destination.
- Energy efficiency facility upgrades resulted in improved workplace environments in City buildings.
- Electricity produced by the wind turbine will be used by the Public Safety Center and will reduce the City’s GHG emissions.
- Increased recycling, including electronics recycling, reduces the volume of materials going to the landfill, and facilitates the reuse of a wide range of materials.
- Transportation projects reduce the City’s GHG emissions:
- Traffic Signal Coordination is estimated to reduce the City’s GHG emissions by 3485 tons annually.
- Hybrid busses will reduce GHG emissions by 175 tons over 10 years.
- Energy efficiency upgrades to facilities will reduce GHG emissions through reduced electricity and fuel usage.