On behalf of the City Commission and the entire Lawrence community, I welcome you to Lawrence. We are very excited to be a part of this event – and we are thrilled you chose Lawrence as your first Midwest destination! You’re in the Heartland in Lawrence and we want you to experience our Midwestern values and small-town charm firsthand. This includes our approach to sustainability and making decisions that balance the needs of the environment, economy, and society – for today and future generations. In the City of Lawrence, that means finding more efficient, smarter ways of serving our community. We share our citizens' commitment to sustainability, and are working to foster a healthy environment, a growing economy, and a livable community.
In Lawrence, we strive to embody sustainability principles in our daily operations and in our buildings. We’re doing common-sense projects such as energy efficiency upgrades that save energy and money. We’re also piloting alternative fueled vehicles in our city fleets, spurring a community gardening movement on our city-owned properties, practicing water reuse and conservation in our parks, building a LEED-certified library, and utilizing our connections with the University of Kansas to pilot innovative practices like our waste to biofuel algae project at the wastewater treatment plant. We have a citizen-led Sustainability Advisory Board that advises us on sustainability best practices and policies, and have partnered with Douglas County to hire a full time Sustainability Coordinator to facilitate these efforts.
Thank you for choosing Lawrence as one of your locations for the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. We hope you enjoy your time here and get an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of our vibrant community. While you’re here, be sure to ride our hybrid Transit system buses, visit the campus of the University of Kansas or Haskell Indian Nations, and check out any one of our 50-plus parks! Downtown Lawrence is an amazing location to grab a delicious bite to eat and enjoy Lawrence’s well-known shopping and entertainment scene.