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Sustainability update: Towpath Trail meeting

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/18/08 @ 1:55pm

  • The Towpath Trail extension to the Flats is the subject of tonight's public meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sokolowski's. See the city's plans for the leg to be built from Steelyard Commons to Tremont. The 1-mile section will travel through a wooded hillside, past a restored wetland against a backdrop of industry. It will connect to an expanded Clark Field (ballpark) before climbing a ridge with views of the river valley to Literary Road in Tremont. For a map and more information go here.
  • By participating in MAGNET's (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) Second Annual Competitiveness Challenge, Shearer Foods took on the challenge of improving their environmental performance. The Brewster, Ohio snack producer tracked and reduced overall use of electricity, water, and natural gas. In the end, they increased efficiencies in sanitation downtime and water treatment processing, leading to a 50% reduction in water usage/discharge and an overall 3% facility reduction in electric usage.
  • A federal tax credit of up to $500 that expired in 2007 has been renewed for 2009. It covers up to 10% of the cost of a range of projects that meet certain specifications. Do $5,000 worth of qualifying work, and you not only get a $500 rebate, but also savings on energy bills for years to come. For more information, go here.

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