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WAXAHACHIE - The city of Waxahachie was recognized for its yearlong efforts in achieving a greener and more environmentally conscious community.

Monday, Dec. 6, Deanna and Charles Crumpley of Arlington awarded Mayor Pro-Tem John Wray and the city, the "Environmental Hall of Fame Award."

The Environmental Hall of Fame, also honored Harrison Ford and Ed Bagley Jr., recognizes environmentalists (corporations, companies, individuals, and organizations) who are committed to taking a stand for a green sustainable planet.

"Your wind, solar and recycling efforts are what earned you this declaration," said Deanna Crumpley.

According to the organization’s Web site, they feel it is most appropriate to first honor the mayor and sustainability director in each community on behalf of the city’s sustainability initiatives.

"I would like to add we are about to renew our solid waste contract and we are keeping green efforts in mind," said Wray.

"Since Earth Day, 25 mayors have received this award," said Crumpley.

The city passed an ordinance recently where citizens can apply for a small wind turbine system.

These systems must not exceed 10 kilowatts per system, and their primary use must be to reduce on-site consumption of electric utility power.

They shall only be allowed on lots of two acres or more, with one unit per 2 acres, and they must be set back from all property lines a distance equal to 1.1 times the height of the tower and its equipment, and the same distance from any occupied buildings according to the ordinance.

"Two have already applied and been approved," said Community Relations Director Amy Hollywood.

"Our city is also double the national average in recycling," said Hollywood.

The national average is 15 percent and about 30 percent of the city participates in the city’s free recycling program.

"Kevin Strength has lots of environmental ideas in mind," said Wray.

Strength would like to see the city’s buildings become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.

Other ways the city is eco-friendly is by restoring it’s old buildings in and around town.

The MKT Depot, set to have a public viewing and ribbon cutting Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 4-6:30 p.m., is an example of the city’s latest restoration project fulfilled.

"I appreciate this award on behalf of the city and am looking forward to our future," said Wray.

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