This April the City of Clayton held a hard-earned soiree in honor of its distinctive achievement. Clayton officials, business owners and residents gathered beneath the pavilion in Shaw Park for an official recognition of Clayton as the nation’s 37th Green Power Community.
Since July of 2010, Clayton has been working tirelessly to reach 2% renewable energy consumption, and actually met that mark a month ahead of schedule on March 23rd. We were honored to partner with Ameren Missouri Pure Power and the City of Clayton in spearheading the effort. Eventually, Duke Realty, the Clayton School District, Concordia Seminary, 28 additional businesses and over 200 Clayton residents pulled together and made it happen. On April 20th, it was time to celebrate!
The day was brisk and the music bright. Everyone enjoyed delicious fare from Companion Bakery, Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar, Kaldi’s, Purus Vodka and The Wine Merchant. And congratulating our fellow green power advocates in person was richly rewarding.
Our friends Cindy Bambini and Dan Kalafatas from 3Degrees opened the afternoon’s official ceremonies. Mayor Goldstein was as eloquent as she was proud when thanking all the challenge participants. (She and her staff also won the “Wind-Power” feather-blowing competition… even though pitted against worthy opponents in the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.)
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-MO, gave some encouraging remarks and then joined our own Rick Hunter in unveiling the EPA’s official GPC signs. Look for the signs around town soon!
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the challenge. This community is leading the way in energy efficiency and sustainability in Missouri, and we are particularly proud to be in business here!