Mayor Joy details plans for expansion of 'Greening of Eureka Springs' program

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Mayor Dani Joy has announced further details of the "Greening of Eureka Springs" program. The initiative was begun in 2007 and continues to expand.

"This program is as important as anything else we do as a city," Joy explained. "The job of protecting our world for future generations begins at home; we all share responsibility for our planet," she added.

The newly revealed details include increases in paper, bottle and can recycling, increased use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, relying more on bio-diesel transit, using natural pesticides and organic fertilizer, and new public recycling containers.

"That's just the tip of the iceberg," the mayor said. "We continue to examine and implement new ways of helping the environment every day."

These other aspects of "The Greening of Eureka Springs" were revealed.

* The city encourages the use of hybrid vehicles by tourists. The City Advertising and Promotion Commission (CAPC) will reserve one parking spot for free three-hour use by owners of hybrid vehicles visiting Eureka Springs for the month of July.

* Each work station at City Hall now includes recycling source separation.

* The transit department is emphasizing the ecological benefits of using public transportation, whether for residents or visitors. The department's vehicles are bio-diesel equipped and a bio-diesel supplier is being sought. Transit is also exploring new ways to save fuel and deal with carbon dioxide emissions.

* The police department is now using natural pesticides in all of its buildings as opposed to chemical pesticides.

* The building department is requesting that contractors at construction sites contact Carroll County Solid Waste to recycle construction waste rather than dispose of it into the waste stream.

* The City Auditorium is exploring the cost of buying reflective shades for the lobby windows to cut energy costs.

* The parks department is presently experimenting with diatomaceous earth for tick control at Harmon Park. (Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring product that is formed from the skeletal remains of prehistoric algae plants.)

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