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Mayor Battle is Building A Sustainability Generation


City of Huntsville April 19, 2012
Mayor Tommy Battle is building a sustainability generation, according to the Huffington Post who featured the Mayor in a Twitter interview with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. this week. Read the posts and weigh in on the conversation at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susanna-murley/mayor-tommy-battle-buildi_b_1435885.html?ref=green.

The Mayor was in the nation's capital as a guest of Planet Forward. Mayor Battle was invited to join Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in a Planet Forward panel discussion about their city's sustainability programs during the Innovative Solutions Summit at George Washington University. The mayors talked about what was working and not working in their cities and how they began thinking about a greener planet.

"Huntsville was working on sustainability before it was cool," said Mayor Battle. "When NASA engineers first developed the capsule that would take humans into outer space in the 1960s, they had to think about self-contained environments where everything was used and recycled. We have been working on it in Huntsville ever since."

The Mayors compared notes on green roofs, solar energy initiatives, green buildings and environmental education. Planet Forward is a project of the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University.



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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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