Located within the heart of wine country, McMinnville (pop. 32,760) has been making concerted efforts to increase its sustainability after a public meeting on community values in 2008, where the community’s voice was heard: “Sustainability is important.”
Examples of actions taken in the name of sustainability include an LED streetlight pilot project; a park recycling pilot project; installation of additional bike racks at city facilities; building energy audits; various HVAC and lighting upgrades; city-wide recycling; and staff training through monthly newsletters. An interdepartmental committee that meets monthly, and reports McMinnville’s sustainability efforts to the city manager, guides McMinnville’s sustainability efforts. Due to the nature of their work, different departments have unique opportunities to support the city’s sustainability goals and some have more opportunities than others do. To highlight this, McMinnville’s Wastewater Services division has long embraced efforts to reduce energy consumption and to find low-impact solutions to challenging, yet common, problems.
A few notable examples of their efforts include:
by Lucy Falcy, Associate Planner
The above article is 1 of 4 centered on sustainability in the west. They first appeared in the 2012 April/May issue of Western Planner and are reprinted with permission from Western Planner.