Godfrey is joining the “Cool Cities” initiative, but the trustees were evenly split on the decision. To become a “Cool City,” the village will invest in some software to inventory baseline energy metrics in village operations and in the community, and set reduction targets. The Bank of Edwardsville is covering that cost, but there was still hesitation on the part of several board members.
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. Trustee Jeff Weber says he is concerned about the implied message that may be sent.
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The Sierra Club’s Virginia-Woulfe-Beile responded by saying the program is a non-binding agreement, and the village can tailor it to its needs. Weber, Eldon Williams and Mike Stumpf voted against joining, while Mark Stewart, Sarah Johnes and Jerry Gibson voted in favor. Mayor Mike McCormick cast the deciding “yes” vote.