Salisbury Cool City Event

Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz, former Sierra Club President Chuck McGrady, and DENR Secretary Bill Ross at the head table at last night's Salisbury Cool Cities celebration. Photo by Chatham Olive.

The city of Salisbury and a variety of partners put on a great event last night for the community to accept the 'Cool City' honor from the Sierra Club. Former national Sierra Club President and current Henderson County Commissioner Chuck McGrady eloquently explained why the Cool Cities program was created and how Salisbury fits into it.

Mayor Susan Kluttz graciously accepted the honor and outlined many of the things the city is doing to help work toward the goals it signed onto in the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Part of her comments were excerpted in the Salisbury Post:

Kluttz told audience members about some of the things the city is doing to help save the environment.

The city has hybrid and electric cars in its fleet as well as vehicles running on bio-diesel fuel. The city also received a grant recently to implement a program offering free bus rides.

Residents can ride the bus free of charge on days when ozone levels are code orange or red. "We are amazed at the increase in ridership we're seeing," she said.

There were two articles about the event in the Post, here and here.

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