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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Marshfield green reputation growing

From an article by Liz Welter in the Marshfield News-Herald:

The Sustainable Marshfield Committee is well on its way to bringing the city to the fore of communities in Wisconsin developing environment-friendly initiatives and programs, said Brian Driscoll, community development director at the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence.

The amount accomplished and current plans of the committee is impressive for a city of Marshfield's size, Driscoll said at a recent meeting of the Sustainable Marshfield Committee.

Through the committee's efforts, Marshfield was awarded a state 25x25 grant in January. The city is one of 23 communities to begin developing plans demonstrating the potential to reduce fuel consumption and use alternative fuels to reach the governor's goal of generating 25 percent of the state's electricity and transportation fuels from renewable resources by the year 2025.

As a result of the grant and other work completed by the Sustainable Committee, a contingent from Waupaca toured the city in the spring as they formulate plans for their own sustainablity committee.

"It's impressive that Waupaca would come here to learn from Marshfield," Driscoll said.

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