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Urbana Rewarded as One of Illinois' "Most Progressive"

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 02:35 PM CDT
URBANA -- The city of Urbana -- and its businesses -- are focused on saving energy. And it's helping the city in a big way.

Through Ameren Illinois' "Act on Energy" program -- Urbana is being called one of the state's "Most Progressive" cities.

"The
"Act on Energy" program focuses on getting the biggest bang for your
buck in terms of energy efficiency -- so they're looking at things like
lighting, insulation, air sealing," Urbana Environmental Sustainability
Manager Scott Tess said.

45 businesses participated in the
program; and through 94 different projects -- they saved more than
2.25-million kilowats in electricity. That adds up to $157,920 in annual
energy savings.

Ameren reps say these projects remove nearly
3-point-5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, or about 309
cars off the road. They add it's enough energy saved to power 56 homes
for one year.

"Our earth is what supports us and if we don't take
care of it we're going to see repercussions," Urbana resident Nancy
Ford said.

"It's definitely wise for all of us to kind of play a
part in trying to conserve what we use and I think businesses can be the
leaders of that since they're the ones that interact with large
portions
of our community -- especially in Urbana," said University of Illinois student Imran Kazmi.

Nightrain Epton, store manager at Urbana's Common Ground Food Co-operative said it's all about protecting our future.

"Both
of these stakeholders -- consumers and businesses -- need to be
concerned with this idea of sustainability. That what we're doing now,
you know, isn't just successful here and today but provides us with a
way to be successful,write us a groundwork or the foundation for long
term success," Epton said.Urbana Rewarded as One of Illinois' "Most Progressive"


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