Godfrey is being asked to join the “Cool Cities” initiative. The Illinois Cool Cities Local Sustainability Protection Agreement 2015 outlines various goals and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Godfrey is apparently a step ahead in many areas, having completed many of the items listed as goals.
To become a “Cool City,” the village would need to invest in some software to inventory baseline energy metrics in village operations and in the community, and set reduction targets. Lewis & Clark Community College Sustainability Director Nate Keener says a small investment in the software could pay off long-term.
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Village Trustee Sarah Johnes expressed concern that the cost of purchasing the software might be unnecessary, but Keener and Virginia Woulfe-Beile, who also spoke on the topic, referenced other communities that were able to get support from community members and businesses to offset the cost. The board took no action.