New program encourages sustainability in Great Lakes cities

A new regional initiative encourages green energy use, economic development and water resource protection in more than 70 Great Lakes cities.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a bi-national network of mayors promoting the region’s restoration, recently launched the Green Cities Transforming Towards Sustainability program.

The program is supposed to protect water and coastal areas and promote low-carbon energy generation and green land use and building design. Officials hope green economic development stimulates local economies.

“Our cities have enormous investment and purchasing power that can be deployed to support the development of environmental technologies and training for green jobs,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a news release.

The Joyce Foundation, a regional non-profit organization, sponsors this year’s theme of reducing stormwater runoff. Several Great Lakes cities already have comprehensive stormwater programs in place.

About Rachael Gleason
Rachael Gleason

Rachael Gleason is a graduate of the Michigan State University and Knight Center for Environmental Journalism master's program. Rachael edited EJ Magazine and reported for Great Lakes Echo for two years. She currently focuses on water privatization issues. Rachael was quiz editor, SmackDown! editor and had a standing feature called Monday Mashup, where she reviewed interactive maps of the Great Lakes region. Rachael is originally from Texas, where she worked as a reporter, photographer and desk editor for several years. In addition to working for the daily newspaper of Huntsville, Rachael also worked as a business reporter for The Houston Chronicle, the newspaper of her hometown. Office: (517) 432-5155 Twitter: @rachaelgleason