Fitchburg officially becomes cool city

Monday, September 22, 2008

From the newsletter of the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club:

At a news conference in front of city hall on August 12, 2008, the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club celebrated Mayor Tom Clauder’s commitment to reduce the city’s global warming pollution by putting into place local energy solutions, which save taxpayer dollars and reduce energy use. Created in 2005, Sierra Club’s Cool Cities campaign empowers people to encourage local cities and counties to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future.

Fitchburg is already taking several steps to support conservation and a clean energy future including planning to install solar panels on public buildings, constructing an urban wind turbine demonstration project at McKee Farms Park, implementing water conservation measures, expanding bike paths and public transportation, and implementing an anti-idling policy.

Wisconsin now has 19 “Cool Cities” (Ashland, Bayfield, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Menomonie, Milwaukee, New Berlin, Oshkosh, Racine, River Falls, Stevens Point, Superior, Washburn, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, and West Allis) and one “Cool County” (Dane).