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The City of Creve Coeur received the 2017 Muni Award for Sustainability from the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis. The award was presented at the Sixth Annual Muni Awards and Installation Ceremony on May 31, 2017, at Sheraton Westport Chalet.
Creve Coeur’s commitment to sustainability began in 2008 when the city signed the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement and established a Climate Action Task Force. That year, the city also completed St. Louis region’s first municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
In 2010, Creve Coeur took another significant step toward improving sustainability efforts by adopting phase one of the Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions community-wide by 20 percent by 2015. In an effort to achieve this goal, the city made several changes to improve the energy efficiency of municipal operations such as installing LED lighting, installing a new boiler and hot water system, and utilizing Ameren rebates for a solar panel installation at the recreation center.
In December 2011, the City Council adopted a resolution to initiate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Community Challenge in Creve Coeur to support the purchase of renewable energy. The city became a Green Power Community in June 2013 and remains one of only three cities in Missouri and one of 61 cities nationwide with that status.
City Council affirmed its ongoing commitment to sustainability efforts in 2014 when it dissolved the Climate Action Task Force and created the permanent Energy and Environment Committee.
In 2016, the City Council adopted phase two of the Climate Action Plan, which includes more ambitious initiatives that encourage the community as a whole to make energy use and waste reductions. They also approved an ordinance authorizing the city to join the Missouri Clean Energy District for the purpose of providing residential, commercial and municipal property owners within city limits access to special financing options for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy updates.
“The City of Creve Coeur is committed to becoming a more sustainable city so that we not only bring quality services to our residents but do so in a way that preserves our planet for generations to come,” said Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz. “I would like to thank our citizen volunteers, residents, business owners and city staff whose dedication and passion for sustainability have made a lasting impact on our community.”