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City staff lead by example in the effort to go green


At City Hall, the staff aren't just talking about recycling, they're doing it, showing just how easy it is to go green.

"There were a lot of different endeavors going on," explained the city's Transit and Fleet Director, Curt Miller.

"I think there's been a big push recently," added City Planner Chris Madsen.

From paperless payroll, "They don't have to issue checks any longer," Miller explains, to a fuel efficient fleet.  When it comes to traveling around town, employees are doing less of it. 

"It's email, it's conference calls, it's not actually traveling to an office to meet with someone," said Miller.

They use a lot of paper at City Hall, but a lot less than they used to.

Sioux City used to go through four million sheets of paper a year.  Now, they're making that supply last about two months longer, for a savings of roughly $3,000 a year.

"Nothing, nothing goes to waste here," explained Print Shop Supervisor Cathy Nelson.

When the city changed its logo, letterhead had to be scrapped, literally. Now stacks and stacks of scratch paper fill the print shop's shelves.

Employees are finding it easy pitch in.

"A lot of people are getting more used to it in their day to day activities," remarked Madsen.

The blue bins at every desk fill up quick.

"Usually every night, sometimes there's more than one recycling bin," Property Officer Cheryl Reynolds said.

In the rush some things get missed, that's where janitor Brian Swanson comes in.

"I'll sometimes sort through the cans to make sure everything's in its proper place," he said.

Saving resources and money, by setting the example.

"I guess I feel like it's out of my own pocket, so if I can save it and reuse it, so I don't have to buy it, I'm going to do that, always.  Because in a way it is, it's out of all of our pockets.  It's taxpayer money," Nelson pointed out.

One of the more creative methods some city departments have adopted are four day weeks, during the summer.

The city received grant money for their environmental efforts, which they used to sync up the traffic signals, saving energy and eliminating pollution.

Other funds helped fix fire stations and the water treatment plant, making them more energy efficient, as well.


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