Listen to this week’s radio segment. It features our newest sustainable community – Woodbine, Iowa.
A Southwest Iowa town is emphasizing energy efficiency – a move that is helping businesses to reduce costs while keeping money in the local economy.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.
Woodbine, a town of 1,500, started developing sustainable master plan in 2008 as part of the state’s Green Streets Initiative. It revitalized downtown and invested heavily in decreasing energy use.
As part of the program, Woodbine provided energy-efficiency audits to each of its 50 downtown businesses, instructing them on how to reduce consumption.
One business owner saved $300 on a monthly utility bill after installing a gas furnace, improving ductwork and sealing the building foundation, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
It goes to show that saving energy can strengthen local economies.
For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.