The Sustainability and Resilience Department works on a variety of sustainability projects both within city government and externally to the larger community. Listed below are some of the projects that we are currently working on or have recently finished. For more information about these projects, please contact us via phone at 479.575.8268 or via Email
The City of Fayetteville, through the adoption of City Plan 2030, committed to building a sustainable City by prioritizing appropriate infill and revitalization, discouraging sprawl, making traditional town form the standard, growing a livable transportation network, assembling an enduring green network and by creating opportunities for attainable housing. The Sustainability and Resilience Department works directly with other divisions of city government to help Fayetteville achieve these goals outlined in City Plan 2030. Listed below are some of the projects that we are currently working on in.
PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy - Financial Program
The City of Fayetteville has created, by ordinance, Energy Improvement District No. 1 (Reference Appendix A) that is authorized to create special tax assessments for financing renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements on real property. This was made possible by a program called A2E2 (Arkansas Advanced Energy Equity).
INVASIVE SPECIES EDUCATION PACKET
These eighteen invasive plant species were identified by a group of stakeholders, including nursery owners, horticulturists, landscape architects, biologist, community members and City Staff. The stakeholder group also recognized the need to provide educational materials to the general public about how to identify, remove, and replace invasive plants with native or non-invasive equivalents.
MAYORS' MONARCH CHALLENGE
Mayor Lioneld Jordan took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in November 2015. As recently as 1996, over 1 billion monarch butterflies could be found throughout the United States. Since then, monarch butterflies, iconic and important pollinators, have declined in number by nearly 90 percent. Numerous threats, including expansion of row crop agriculture and overuse of herbicides, have destroyed monarch's summer breeding habitat and reduced monarch's access to Milkweed, the only host plant for monarch caterpillars.
Through the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, municipalities have committed to creating habitats and educating citizens on ways they can make a difference to help save the monarch butterfly. Background information on monarchs and the Pledge can be found on the NWF website.
The way we use energy on a local level effects our regional and global climate. The human impact on the world's climate is the most pressing issue in the field of sustainability today. Listed below are projects the City of Fayetteville is working on to better controlling our energy footprint.
RECYCLING AND TRASH DIVISION LIGHTING RETROFIT
The (33) 400 watt lighting fixtures at the Trash and Recycling Transfer Station were replaced with 107 watt LED high bay lights. Of the 33 fixtures, 12 of them had Daylight Dimming Sensors. The old lights were inefficient and did not properly light the space, creating a safety hazard for the employees who work in close proximity to large machinery in the Station. The new LED lights significantly improved the situation. The project cost was $15,052, with an incentive from the utility company, AEP SWEPCO of $6,893, the net cost to the City of Fayetteville was $8,159. SEE PAYBACK INFORMATION.
YVONNE RICHARDSON COMMUNITY CENTER LIGHTING RETROFIT
To replace lights at the YRCC in the gym, offices, restrooms and exterior, the project cost was $20,215, with an incentive from the utility company AEP SWEPCO of $3,805, the net cost to the City of Fayetteville was $16,410. SEE PAYBACK INFORMATION.
DRAKE FIELD AIRPORT TARMAC LIGHTING RETROFIT
The (18) 400 watt metal halide lights on the Fayetteville Drake Field Airport tarmac were replaced on with 140 watt LED lights. The cost of the project was $11,531, with an incentive from AEP SWEPCO of $2,701 the net cost to the City of Fayetteville was $8,829. SEE PAYBACK INFORMATION.
In efforts to reduce energy consumption and bills Fayetteville Airport, we have placed a 'Delamping Sticker' where we removed a light that was not necessary for effectively lighting the space. We've done this to alert maintenance staff that the missing light is not missing but it has been removed in efforts to reduce energy usage.
Reducing the amount of waste our community produces is key to a sustainable future. Our department is currently working on the projects listed below to reduce waste.
TRASH AND RECYCLING MASTER PLAN
The City Council passed Resolution Number 260-13 to hire a professional consultant to assist the Recycling and Trash Division to develop a 10 year solid waste master plan in order to attain a waste diversion rate of 80%. The City selected Kessler Consulting Inc. to provide a baseline operational assessment of the current system, a waste and litter composition audit, an analysis of waste reduction and diversion options, recovery scenarios modeling and financial evaluation, policy recommendations and the development of an actionable recycling and trash master plan.
The Sustainability & Resilience Department works on a wide variety of community oriented projects, policies and programs. The projects listed below strengthen the resiliency of the Fayetteville community.
STAR COMMUNITY PROJECT
The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the nation’s first framework and certification program for local sustainability, built by and for local governments and the communities they serve. The Rating System encompasses economic, environmental, and social performance measures for both local governments and the broader community.
Fayetteville received a 3-STAR rating out of 5-STAR's in 2014. Our department is currently analyzing our rating feedback and working to identify areas for improvement for our eventual re-application in 2017.
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
To view the recently adopted Active Transportation Plan and Map please visit the Trails Construction Program website.
Fayetteville's first bike corral has been installed in the northwest corner of Center Street and Church Avenue, near the Downtown Square. The corral, which includes six parking racks with room for up to 12 bicycles, was installed in response to requests from local business owners who cited the need for more bicycle parking. Read more about it at the Fayetteville Flyer.