Category: Green Tier Legacy Communities

It was no accident that the City of Middleton was named the “Best Place to Live” in America in August 2007, seventh in 2005 and 4th in 2009 by Money Magazine/CNN, and an All-America City finalist by the National Civic League in 2010.

For years the Village of Weston, a bedroom community outside of Wausau, had engaged in passive sustainability. Taxpayers worked on their own to preserve wetlands and woodlands. The community was on par with the rest of the State of Wisconsin in recycling and sprawl had overtaken good planning when it came to new subdivisions. But as younger families began to move to the community because of its low tax rate, Weston was suddenly faced with developing more of a programmatic…

The City of Eau Claire recognizes its role in being a driver of change. In May 2009, the City became an “Eco-municipality” by formally adopting The Natural Step (TNS) as an approach to sustainability.

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