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Buckeye Mayor's Task Force to Study Alternatives for Environmental, Energy Programs

May 05, 2008

Mayor Bobby Bryant has established a task force to determine how Buckeye can deliver alternatives for dealing with environmental and energy-saving issues.

The Mayor'€™s Task Force on Environmental Alternatives, made up of several of the town's department directors and local business leaders held its initial meeting earlier this year.

"This is an opportune time to establish initiatives on environmental and energy issues,' Bryant said. 'Because we are in the early stages of what will be dramatic growth, we have the chance to be out in front as a leader in developing programs that will ensure the town'€™s sustainability."€

Task force members discussed the nine elements identified by Bryant as some of the keys to a sustainable future for the town, everything from air quality to water conservation, from building energy-efficient town, residential, commercial and industrial buildings to a solar energy program.

Some of the issues brought to the task force's table are already being studied by town departments.

Scott Lowe, director of the Public Works Department, said the number of recycling bins (two are currently located along Rainbow Road near Fire Station 702) will increase this budget year to four additional locations.

In addition, the town is developing a multi-modal transportation master plan to address its future needs for all forms of transportation, from golf carts to hiking, biking and equestrian trail heads, from commuter buses and rail to the use of cement rather than asphalt.

The town is also studying how to undertake some of the drought conservation measures recommended by the Arizona Governo Janet Napolitano.

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