City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced a partnership that will create the Cleaner Greener Lincoln Initiative. The Attorney General's Office is providing $50,000 from a lawsuit settlement to launch the initiative. The City also will use about $2.4 million in stimulus funds to support the effort. Those funds are available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
"The Cleaner Greener Lincoln Initiative is a comprehensive effort to make Lincoln government more energy efficient, save taxpayer dollars and leave our children with blue skies and a healthy, green landscape," Beutler said. "The combination of these funding sources gives us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to implement a sustainability program that provides for our community's environmental needs while encouraging job growth."
"I'm pleased to partner with Mayor Beutler and the City of Lincoln to help develop and implement environmental programs," said Bruning. "This important effort is good for the environment, good for Lincoln and good for Nebraska."
The Mayor has chosen Milo Mumgaard, a public interest attorney, to start the new initiative. Mumgaard also will take on Denise Pearce's duties as a Senior Policy Aide during her extended maternity leave. Mumgaard was the founding Executive Director of the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. Mumgaard most recently served as the Midwest Regional Director for State Operations for Common Cause, and prior to that as an associate general counsel for the national AFL-CIO. The Lincoln native has a law degree from the New York University School of Law, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"I look forward to helping build upon the great work toward sustainability already launched by Mayor Beutler and City government and the partnerships among business, industry, government and the nonprofit sectors," Mumgaard said. "I'm anxious to get going."
Goals of the Cleaner Greener Lincoln Initiative will include: