Monday, June 23, 2008

Nickels receives 3 awards at U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting

I have a few friends who absolutely hate Mayor Greg Nickels, love him or hate him, the guy gets things done(or atleast tries).

MIAMI – Mayor Greg Nickels accepted three awards recognizing city efforts to strengthen the quality of life and livability for Seattle residents at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 76th annual meeting in Miami. On Saturday, Nickels received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the City Livability Awards Program, and the city of Seattle and the Cascade Land Conservancy were named a runner-up in the Excellence in Community Tree Awards. On Friday, Nickels accepted first place honors in the 2008 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards Program.

The City Livability Awards Program recognizes mayors who use innovative and creative methods to improve the quality of life for their residents. The city’s Seattle Green Factor, a program adopted last year that applies new landscaping requirements to create cooler, quieter, cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing surroundings in the city’s most dense urban areas, garnered high praise from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Seattle Green Factor increases the amount of landscaping new commercial developments are required to provide, while offering inventive options to meet these requirements, including vegetated walls, pervious paving, rainwater gardens and incentives to plant in public rights-of-way.

Aside from beautification benefits, the plantings also promote environmental stewardship. The Seattle Green Factor advantages include improved energy efficiency, decreased urban heat island effects, decreased storm water runoff and better air quality. Many of the Seattle Green Factor sites included the use of green roofs, pervious paving and vegetated walls.

The City Livability Awards Programs recognizes 20 cities in total – 10 awards are granted to cities with more than 100,000 residents and 10 awards are given to cities with a population of less than 100,000.


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