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Signs of Lakewood's first certified Sustainable Neighborhoods

Two Lakewood neighborhoods will be honored as the city’s first certified Sustainable Neighborhoods during the Monday, Aug. 12 Regular City Council Meeting, when they will receive life-size mock-ups of City signs for posting in the neighborhoods to highlight their accomplishments.

The first two certified neighborhoods are Eiber, bounded by West Colfax Avenue, West Sixth Avenue, Wadsworth Boulevard and Oak Street, and the residential area of the Belmar district at Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these two neighborhoods to be the first certified neighborhoods, and it speaks to how hard the residents have worked together to become close-knit neighborhoods focused on making Lakewood a better place,” said Lakewood Sustainability Planner Jonathan Wachtel.

The certifications are a result of Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, which gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Lakewood a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program use guidance from Lakewood staff to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhoods and reduce residents' ecological footprint. Participating neighborhoods earn program credits for their efforts, and depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, they may receive City designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from Lakewood. Both Eiber and Belmar are receiving “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” certification.

Participation in the Sustainable Neighborhood Program enhances the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood and its sense of community while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. Eiber’s projects include a community garden, a bicycling initiative, sustainability workshops and a neighborhood heritage program. Belmar’s projects include energy audits for homes, recycling and composting, a community garden and the WalkBelmar initiative.

Eiber and Belmar also will celebrate their accomplishments with neighborhood events. Belmar will have information on its projects and a sustainability-themed photo booth at the neighborhood’s National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Belmar Square on West Virginia Avenue in the Belmar district. Eiber will celebrate with a neighborhood potluck at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9200 W. 10th Ave.

Since the launch of the Sustainable Neighborhood Program in 2012, six neighborhoods have started participating in the citywide program. Visit www.Lakewood.org/GreenNeighborhoods to read more about the program and to watch a video about it.
Posted on: Wednesday, July 31, 2013