Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee

The City of Menasha is committed to sustainability measures that protect the environment, save money, and improve our quality of life here in Menasha. 

In November of 2007, the Common Council had the vision to pass a resolution supporting the Eco-Municipality Concept and created a Sustainability Board (now the Sustainability Committee through Ordinance O-9-22 in 2022) to provide guidance to implementation of sustainability and energy efficiency measures.  Menasha Utilities has numerous programs to assist our residents to become more energy efficient and provide access to renewable energy.

Fox Cities communities including Menasha share best practices and opportunities to improve sustainability at the Sustainable Communities Network.

The Sustainability Board meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m., Agendas and Minutes are available on the city website.  Click here for the 2022 schedule.

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Replaced over 200 streetlights with induction lighting in 2010 reducing energy use 97,840Kwh annually

Also in 2010 the City received a grant to replace an aging boiler/condenser in the Public Protection Facility saving 4,440 therms of natural gas and 40,840 kWh of electricity per year

In 2012, NMFR was awarded Silver LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council for Station 36.  The station was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.

In 2015 the City embarked on a three year program to replace 812 street lights with LED fixtures.  When complete in early 2017, the project will save 506,500 kWh annually.

In 2012 the Sustainability board began sponsoring a spring and fall electronics recycling drive. Over the 10 events 146,714 lbs of electronics were diverted from landfills.

In 2016 the City implemented increased curbside recycling pickups to 18 annually.  As a result of the increased pickups recycling increased 11% per household on average to 424 lbs on average per household. 
Menasha has been a Tree City for over 30 years recognizing the environmental, social, and increased property values urban forestry programs have on a community.  Menasha has planted over 1,000 new trees over the last 8 years. 

In 2016 the City embarked on updating its stormwater planning to reduce suspended solids and phosphorous.  The planning document offers options to improve stormwater quality in the coming decades.