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Infrastructure, Facility & Transportation Projects

Downtown bike station Start a Bike Share or Bike Hub
A bike hub will be different in every community and should be customized and operated to meet the needs of that community.
walk to school Develop Safe Routes to School or a Walking School Bus
Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from school.
Tool Library Establish a Community Tool Library
It operates much like a traditional library, where residents check out tools and return them about a week later.
Clean the streets Clean the Streets and Beautify the Streetscape
Street clean up programs and projects generally include a regularly scheduled day that the community gathers to clean up debris, weeds, and overgrown landscaping
Planting trees Plant and Care for Trees
Urban trees have been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of streets and open space, neighborhood property value, stormwater runoff, and health of the environment
Energy Challenge Hold a Neighborhood Energy Challenge
Information and resources on holding a block or neighborhood-wide competition between individual households, groups of households, or different blocks to collectively reduce energy use.
Volunteer weatherizing window Conduct A Weatherization Training Program
Weatherization or weatherproofing is the process of protecting a building and its interior to reduce energy use and lower energy costs
Painting rain barrels Disconnect Downspouts & install Rain Barrels
Information and resources for disconnecting downspouts and installing rain barrels.
Rain Garden Install Rain Gardens or Bioswales
Information and resources on installing a rain garden or bioswales.
De-paving a parking lot Convert Hardscape Areas To Pervious Surfaces
A permeable surface is one made from materials that allow stormwater to move through the surface and soak into the ground.
White roof Create A Cool Or White Roof Program
Cool roofs are highly reflective roofs that absorb less heat from sunlight and keep your building cooler
recycling booth Create a Recycling Challenge and Education Program
Recycling is taking reusable materials out of the waste stream and processing them into new materials

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