New Albany’s focus on sustainability dates back to original master plan

The new Rose Run Park transformed an overgrown creek bed into a central park that preserves the area’s natural features. What you don’t see is that 100% of storm water is maintained on site, capturing run-off pollutants.

Our green-street policy has led to the construction of three “green” brick streets — Third Street, the Second Street extension and the Miller Avenue extension — to provide sustainable stormwater management.

Our zoning code mandates that new subdivisions include 20% open space and parkland and requires trees to be retained when feasible.

Green building practices

We also employ sustainable design principles and green policies in our economic-development efforts.

Land-use plans for the business park designate areas for preserved green space, conservation and wetland mitigation.

Tax-abatement benchmarks for manufacturing facilities are linked to green building practices. The city provides financial incentives for new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings that use 25% less energy.

SmartRide New Albany, the New Albany and COTA transit program, paved the way for alternative transportation in the business park. A recent grant will provide an electric bus for the fleet.

Sustainability in city services

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Sustainability is reflected in city operations and services, as well.

Recycling programs are employed at all facilities and public events.

Leaf collection, totaling 1.1 million pounds last year, is composted and converted into topsoil. Branches and trunks are shredded into mulch.

Recycled asphalt paves many rural roads, and natural beet juice melts snow, reducing chemical use.

 

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