Green city Web site goes live St. Patrick’s Day

TAYLOR — The city’s new “green” Web site will go live on St. Patrick’s Day, the greenest day of the year.


The site,, debuts at noon Tuesday. It touts the city’s many environmentally friendly advancements and provides links for residents and businesses interested in following suit.


Officials say Taylor has been recognized as one of the greenest cities in Michigan and has won several awards for its achievements. The Web site sheds light on the city’s use of alternative fuel vehicles, advancements in wind energy and environmental actions that have saved the hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Mayor Cameron Priebe said the Web site is a further commitment toward green initiatives.


“We want everyone to know green is about our collective commitment to future generations,” he said. “We want to leave the world as good as or better than we found it. It’s about our children and grandchildren. It’s about today, but it’s about our future.”


The mayor credited the Department of Public Works for spearheading the city’s green agenda. He noted that the Web site is a joint effort of the DPW, the Department of Information Technology and the Department of
Public Information.


DPW Supt. Bob Mach said Taylor was fortunate to get a head start on green initiatives, starting with the implementation of a compost site, the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the city fleet and the realization that “dialing down” in city buildings is not only the right thing to do, it saves taxpayers’ dollars.


Mach said the Web site will allow the city to share its advances with other communities to help make it a “greener Downriver, greener Michigan and greener United States.”


Snehal Patel, director of information technology, said the new site was designed by Michael Vela, who made it both attractive and functional.


Public Information Director David Gorgon and Special Projects Manager Kathleen Trent culled the information and photographs for the site. Gorgon noted the site will be a work in progress, meaning it can be updated any day with new initiative.


“We thought it was appropriate to launch on the greenest day of the year,”


Gorgon said.”If you see lots of people wearing green on Tuesday, you can think St. Patrick’s Day if you like, but we’re thinking some will be celebrating Green Taylor as well.”