Sustainability and Preservation Work on Main Street

West Union’s Geothermal Project Featured in Preservation Magazine

Posted by CC on March 6th, 2011 6:13 pm

West Union is getting noticed. The rural community in northeast Iowa became a Main Street community in 2006, a Green Pilot community in 2008, and was recently named an Iowa Great Place. In addition to these state recognitions, the community’s unique approach to sustainability has gained it a place in the latest issue of Preservation magazine, a publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The centerpiece of West Union’s plan for sustainability is a “district energy” plan, which will “provide many residents and property owners with access to cheap and renewable geothermal power.” The geothermal system–to be in place by next year–will replace existing heating and cooling throughout the downtown, currently provided by gas, oil, and electric air conditioning. According to the National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab, the new system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent!

But that’s not all West Union is doing to revitalize and sustain their community, learn more by reading the article online.
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