April 6th, 2011, CLAYTON, Missouri… On March 23rd, the City officially achieved the 2% green power requirement necessary to become an EPA Green Power Community. On April 20th, Clayton will formally become the first Green Power Community (GPC) in Missouri joining an elite list of 37 communities nationwide to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in purchasing green power.
In a joint effort with Ameren Missouri Pure Power and Clayton-based Microgrid Energy, the City launched the challenge in July of 2010 with the goal of achieving the GPC status by Earth Day 2011. Thanks to a large commitment by Duke Realty Corporation, on behalf of their tenants in the 101 South Hanley building, Clayton was able to surpass the 2% mark a month prior to the Earth Day deadline. Duke Realty is joined by the City of Clayton, the Clayton School District, Concordia Seminary, 28 additional businesses and over 200 Clayton residents in achieving the Challenge goal.
“We are thrilled with the response from the Clayton community in achieving this first in Missouri distinction,” said Mayor Linda Goldstein. “Clayton has been at the forefront of many environmental initiatives, but this one is truly a community achievement. I am impressed not only with the level and breadth of support by our business and residential citizens but more importantly with their true commitment to green power. I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to each and every Clayton business and resident who helped the City achieve the Green Power Community designation.”
In recognition of this achievement, a community celebration will be held on Wednesday April 20th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Shaw Park Pavilion. All Clayton business and residential citizens are invited to attend. A representative from the EPA will present the Green Power Community street signs to Mayor Goldstein. In addition to the EPA presentation, there will be performances by the Clayton High School Show Choir and Jazz Ensemble. Voting will be held to select the top entries in the Green Power Challenge student art contest. GPC Challenge supporters Companion Bakery, KAldi’s Coffee, Reny’s Kitchen and Wine Bar, The Wine Merchant and Purus Organic Vodka will provide celebratory food and drink for all.
Mayor Goldstein and the entire GPC Team look forward to seeing you at this landmark community celebration. # # #