Alton is once again considered a "Cool City." Earlier this year, Mayor Tom Hoechst formally signed the Illinois Cool Cities Local Sustainability Protection Agreement 2015 Goals, which outlines various goals and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. Last Saturday, Alton received an award from the Illinois Cool Cities organization for climate protection agreements.
Alton has been recognized as a Cool City since 2008. Mayor's Assistant Matt Asselmeier says the city has accomplished much, but there are still some projects that may be tackled in the future.
You can see a list of Alton's energy saving activities through a webpage we have linked to through this story at AltonDailyNews.com. The city has retro-fitted lights at the Public Works Building, installed timers on switches at City Hall, installed an electric car charging station at City Hall, saved over $750,000 through its energy consultant Dale Kelley, and improved energy efficiency.