Category Archives: Green City

Tuesday To-Do: Presentation on Eco-Logical Communities at Nightbird Books

Wanna know why I love Fayetteville? Fayetteville is so determined to reduce its energy and water uses that it has created a community-wide initiative to encourage energy efficiency and water conservation.

Called the Eco-Logical Communities, the initiative currently boosts 650 households in Fayetteville and over 1,000 households in northwest Arkansas.

Don’t know about Eco-Logical Communities? Come to the presentation tonight at 7 p.m. at NightBird Books (205 Dickson Street) in Fayetteville. Topics covered will include:

  • Utility company programs to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades
  • Coupons, rebates and tax incentives for energy efficiency
  • Eco-Logical Communities and Fayetteville ’s environmental dashboard
  • Earth Aid and setting up personal dashboards to track energy and water conservation at home

The event is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center and the Ozark Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club.

All are invited to attend! Help grow the Eco-Logical Communities in Fayetteville!

For more information, contact Michele Halsell at mhalsell@walton.uark.edu.

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Comment Period for I-630 Fixed Guideway Study Extended

The first public meeting regarding the I-630 Fixed Guideway Study was held Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the Pulaski County Regional Center in Little Rock. The meeting was shortened due to a power outage at the meeting site. Because of the outage, Metroplan i  extending the comment period until December 31, 2010.

Presentation boards and online comment form can be found at this link:
http://metroplan.org/index.php?fuseaction=p0004.&mod=18.

Ozarks Unbound: Fayetteville Awarded $500,000 through Sustainable Cities Institute’s Pilot Program

In June, the City of Fayetteville was selected as one of four cities to undergo a site visit to determine which two cities will receive the $500,000 Sustainable Cities Institute Pilot Cities grant. Well, the verdict is in! Fayetteville is one of two recipients with the other city being Charleston, South Carolina.

The City of Fayetteville, in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will use the money to fund an affordable housing project in Fayetteville, a trail spur from Frisco Trail behind the Mill District to Walker Park, and an engineering manual to assist with the implementation of the newly passed Low Impact Development ordinance.

Ozarks Unbound has the detailed story. Check it out!

Congratulations, City of Fayetteville and NCAT!

Tuesday To-Do: Public Meeting to Discuss I-630 Fixed Guideway Study


Interested in seeing light rail built on I-630? How about high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes?

Weigh in on the future of I-630 and Little Rock’s public transportation by attending the meeting hosted by Metroplan on Tuesday, November 9 between 4-7 p.m. at the Pulaski County Regional Center, Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room (501 W. Markham) in downtown Little Rock.

For more information, visit www.metroplan.org.

Work Began on Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

This past Monday marked the official start-date of work on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, a former railroad crossing that will be converted into a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Arkansas River.

Conversion of the bridge has long been a priority for central Arkansas cyclists. Plans were announced nine years ago, but work delay, design challenges, and escalating costs prevented the City of Little Rock from meeting the original completion date, which was November 2004. Along with $1 million from Little Rock and $2.6 million from the Clinton Foundation, the funds to renovate the bridge include $2.5 million in federal stimulus money and $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The City of North Little Rock also contributed $750,000 to the project.

Completion of the bridge will close the 14-mile Arkansas River Trail Loop. According to the City, the bridge is less expensive and easier to cross than the elevator and stairs incorporated into the conversion of the nearby Junction Bridge.

As a cyclist, I welcome this news and look forward to the day that I can cross the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.

Save the Date! Public Meeting to Discuss I-630 Fixed Guideway Study


Interested in seeing light rail built on I-630? How about high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes?

Weigh in on the future of I-630 and Little Rock’s public transportation by attending the meeting hosted by Metroplan on Tuesday, November 9 between 4-7 p.m. at the Pulaski County Regional Center, Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room (501 W. Markham) in downtown Little Rock.

For more information, visit www.metroplan.org.

Thursday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council Residential Green Discussion Group

Interested in building or renovating your home using green design and materials? Then, join this discussion group hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter, tomorrow, September 23 between noon and 1 p.m. at Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue) in downtown Little Rock.

North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays will discuss what he and the City of North Little Rock are doing to promote citywide sustainability.

No reservation necessary for this free event. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Anncha Briggs at anncha1@aol.com.