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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Montgomery, IL – Last year, the Village of Montgomery was designated a Green Power Community, Lead-Free, and a Tree City USA. In 2022, the Village strives for greener and sustainable environmental practices. It is encouraging residents to join them with this year's initiatives, including the Rain Barrel Program in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, the Arbor Day Tree Dedication & Giveaway, and the High School Street Art Program in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Montgomery.
In 2021, the Village of Montgomery received the distinction Green Power Community by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognized as one of 100 EPA Green Power Communities across 14 states who collectively use more than 8.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power by way of local government, business, and residential use. Additionally, the Village achieved the high distinction of being a lead-free community receiving recognition from the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois for their dedication and commitment to removing all lead water service lines from its water distribution system. Finally, Montgomery was again deemed a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fifth year in the row, which requires communities to fulfill a four-step framework dedicated to urban forestry and trees to qualify.
While the Village continues to strive for national green recognition such as those received in 2021, this year, they are focusing closer to home and encouraging residents to participate in three conservation-focused programs geared towards all ages.
Additional information on the Village’s green initiatives past or present can be found on the Village website, montgomeryil.org.