As the Green Communities Coalition begins its fifth year, with its annual Green Drink meeting on Thursday, the group hopes to nail down more green projects for the future.
The group has an overall goal, to lower Rockford's carbon footprint. The organization partners with other groups, focusing on a greener community.
"My organization works with the City of Rockford on their green team, Green Communities Coalition President Michael Kearney says. "They'll encourage things like wind, solar, imperbial pavements. More hybrid cars, things you know that will lessen our carbon footprint."
With the help of the City and the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, they hold a monthly meeting known as Green Drinks this month. They'll discuss the Vital Signs, which includes the $600,000 sustainability grant from the Department of Housing. It's been a work in progress since 2010.
"I think one of the big ways that we can accomplish some of our goals with sustainability is lower our consumption of our things like utilities, monitor our trips to the store and stuff like that," Kearney says. "Yes our organization hopes to put some of these issues on the map."
The group has already had some success, helping Mayor Morrissey sign the cool cities campaign in 2008, as well as offering alternate lighting for city buildings like the Coronado Theatre.
They hope to continue to build onto their success. The Green Drinks event will be Thursday at 5:30 PM at Cliffbreakers. Steve Ernst from RMAP will be speaking.