Award: Go Green and Clean

January 1, 2017

Innovations in American Government Awards

  • AWARD WON: 2017 Bright Idea
  • AWARDEE: Go Green and Clean
  • DESIGNEE: City of Pierre, SD
  • JURISDICTION: South Dakota

The Go Green and Clean initiative is a "Call to Community Service" and volunteerism. Go Green and Clean activities center around picking up trash on public lands, adopting energy conservation methods, recycling waste, planting trees, and other methods to conserve natural resources within the community. The program is modified annually to include more than just cleanup activities of public lands; it includes educational seminars, speaking engagements by the mayor to civic and student groups, demonstrations on gardening, recycling, and energy conservation methods promoted by the city electric department. In 2015, a business recognition program was started to recognize those businesses demonstrating Go Green practices, and after seven years of operation, over 200 volunteers from more than 35 organizations participate annually.