FRENCH LICK – Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) announced Goshen as the recipient of the organization’s first Green Project of the Year award. Mayor Jeremy Stutsman accepted the award during the Aim Annual Awards Luncheon presented by Umbaugh, Oct. 3, during the 2018 Aim Ideas Summit in French Lick.
Goshen earned the award for their SolSmart designation. Through alleviating many soft costs and providing solar education meetings for its residents, the City has made purchasing solar easier and more accessible. Through these measures, developing resource materials, and supporting a group buy program, the City has surpassed the solar rankings of Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver, and Salt Lake City.
Aim launched the Green Communities Initiative in 2008 in conjunction with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality of life concepts, and ultimately serve as role models for citizens while better protecting our environment. The initiative has expanded educational opportunities for municipalities. This year, the program sought to honor one outstanding project which exemplifies the program’s ideals.
“I am reminded every day that we have some amazing leaders in Indiana’s cities and towns. Goshen’s drive to make solar power more accessible to their residents is truly impressive. Sharing these kinds of best practices with our members is what our awards program is all about, and this is a program that is sure to be replicated across the state,” said Aim CEO Matt Greller.
2018 Aim Ideas Summit
October 2-4, 2018
French Lick Resort
Attendance: 800 (pending final registration count)
Further information: www.aimindiana.org
Since the 1890s, Aim, formerly the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, has been an advocate for Indiana municipalities. Aim is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, with more than 460 cities and towns as members. Our purpose is to foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.