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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />April 21, 2010 <br />2:30 PM <br /> <br />New strategy targets energy efficiency and conservation <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br />or Gary Gilot, Director of Public Works, 235-9251 <br /> <br />NOTE TO MEDIA: The South Bend Green Ribbon Commission will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. <br />Thursday, April 21, at the alumni room of Indiana University South Bend’s Administration <br />Building. IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future is hosting the meeting. <br /> <br />On Earth Day, the City of South Bend will unveil a new strategy, supported by a more <br />than $1 million federal stimulus grant, to target the top three priorities projected to have <br />the most significant impact toward reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. <br /> <br />The South Bend Green Ribbon Commission, meeting Thursday at Indiana University <br />South Bend, will review the City’s new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, <br />which calls for the City beginning in 2010 to: <br />? <br /> <br />Conduct energy audits on the 30 municipal buildings with the largest bills for energy <br />usage. <br />? <br /> <br />Synchronize the timing of traffic signals at the 100 busiest intersection corridors in <br />South Bend. <br />? <br /> <br />Study the feasibility of generating hydroelectric power through the St. Joseph River at <br />the Century Center dam. <br /> <br />“In the time since the Green Ribbon Commission was first convened on Earth Day 2009, <br />the City of South Bend is enthusiastically pursuing energy efficiency and conservation <br />because it is socially responsible, good for our environment and because it makes good <br />business sense, saving time, money and physical resources,” said Mayor Stephen J. <br />Luecke. “This strategy <br /> <br />-more- <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />