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In 2000, the city council of Waco voted to increase the water level of Lake Waco by seven feet in an attempt to provide drinking water to citizens of Waco and surrounding communities. To mitigate the habitat loss from this water level increase, the Lake Waco Wetlands were created in 2001.
In August of 2007, the city of Des Moines began implementing green policies brought on by growing interest in the benefits of a sustainable community.
Sunnyvale has developed an extensive framework for environmental sustainability. Through initiatives such as:
Ann Arbor was named one of the Top Medium-sized Cities by the Natural Resources Defense Council "Smarter Cities" site. Ann Arbor has been working hard to achieve a greener future through measures such as:
The city of Thousand Oaks has been recognized by the state of California for designing, implementing, and operating model programs that support waste reduction and recycling.
In September 2009, the city of San Bernardino received $1,954,600 in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.
Chris Bollwage, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, is serving his fifth term as the city's mayor. Nationally recognized as a leader for economic development, Bollwage's administration has aggressively worked to revitalize Elizabeth and attract people to the city. Since 1993, the current administration has worked to jumpstart $1.5 billion in economic development that has created 7,000 new jobs for Elizabeth.
Once an industrial city, Joliet has reinvented itself as a tourist destination with a dynamic, diversified economy and a vision to achieve a long, sustainable future. A major initiative that is being implemented for the future is the design and construction of the Joliet Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center.
Laredo's investment in transportation infrastructure and services strives to provide significant benefits in terms of mobility, travel choice, and quality of life for its residents.