Fayetteville wins 2009 Arkansas Shine Award

The City of Fayetteville announced yesterday that it is the winner of the 2009 Arkansas Shine Award in the community population category of cities over 50,000. The Arkansas Shine Awards honors communities across the state that have adopted a comprehensive approach to keeping their hometowns clean and green.

“It is a credit to the many contributions and commitments of the people of Fayetteville, our hard working city staff, and policies and advocacy of our City Council that Fayetteville receives this prestigious State honor,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan.

Fayetteville was also the 2008 winner.

Through a press release received this morning, city officials noted many efforts in the community that eventually led to this award such as the quick response and community teamwork to address the effects of the ice storm earlier this year, which left approximately 59,000 of us without electricity, some for weeks.

The City’s increased recycling program, the formation of the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition and contributions from organizations such as the Fayetteville Public School Green Teams and the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks were also noted as deciding factors.

A reception will be held in several months to honor the many individuals who have contributed to the programs that enabled Fayetteville to become the 2009 Shine Award recipient.