North Little Rock: Actually, It Is Easy Being Green (Green Initiatives (Over 20K) | Winner)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 12:00 am  

Government officials, including Mayor Pat Hays and Congressman Tim Griffin, helped open North Little Rock's CNG pumping station.

In addition, the city worked with the state Highway Department to convert all state and U.S. highway lighting to LED.

Not only has North Little Rock integrated sustainability into the everyday lives of its residents, it has colored its economic development green as well.

In 2008, the city offered carbon credits to help lure a caterpillar manufacturing plant to town. The plant opened in 2009 and created more than 600 new jobs.

The city's Green Agenda Committee helped develop an ordinance requiring any new city building more than 5,000 square feet — new construction or remodel — to meet LEED Silver standards. Check out the work of the GAC at

Last year, Hays and the city were recognized by Wal-Mart and the U.S. Conference of Mayors with a Climate Protection Award. Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named North Little Rock a finalist for the Siemen's Sustainable City Award.



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