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Sustainability

Tackling waste reduction and energy challenges requires all parts of our community to work together. Our sustainability team is working hard to improve and maintain Montevallo’s Recycling Center, improve the energy performance of municipal buildings, make the city's vehicle fleet more fuel efficient, and improve waste reduction throughout Montevallo. Montevallo's sustainability goals would not be nearly as robust without the help of our community organizations, city departments, University partnership, and support from the Mayor and City Council. Whether directly related to energy savings, emission reduction, or resource conservation, a sustainable Montevallo has a knack for doing good for the environment and its residents while cutting costs.

Check out our first ever Annual Sustainability Report! Some highlights from our 2019-2020 report include 111,760 lbs of waste diverted, 34,700 lbs donated to America’s Thrift Store, Municipal Carbon Footprint at 1,173.6 MT CO2E (Metric Tons of CO2 Emissions), $107,857 in grant funding awarded, walkability projects, and community engagement. It is available to view, download, and print at this link. If you have an idea of how to make Montevallo more sustainable, please do not hesitate to let us know! 

Also, be sure to check out our first edition “Reuse It Book”! This project was made in conjunction with the City of Montevallo and the University of Montevallo's Trio Upward Bound Program. It is available to view, download and print at this link, and in Spanish at this link

Walkability

Montevallo takes pride in its parks, walkable downtown, and public art. In a partnership with Commute Smart Birmingham, three additional bike racks have been installed along our Main Street corridor. CommuteSmart is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve air quality and reduce congestion by encouraging alternative modes of transportation. They offer incentives and services to help ease your transition from driving alone to a cleaner commute. Earn rewards by creating an account here.

Montevallo has done three walkability priorities projects approved by council this year. The three projects include an ADA Compliant Transition Plan, Sustainability Council Committee new construction projects and Shelby County engineers plan for reconstruction.
Here is our updated list of the first $250,000 worth of sidewalk projects, both new construction and upgrades.

Energy

Montevallo regards energy efficiency as a top priority as our parks, fire department and city hall are equipped with LED and motion sensor lights. Our downtown Main Street corridor also has LED lights and, most recently, Montevallo has partnered with Alabama Power to change our streetlights to LED. 

The City of Montevallo was awarded a $34,000 grant from Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) from the U.S. Department of Energy. Montevallo applied to retrofit the lights in Parnell Memorial Library with LED. This was a collaborative effort with Library Director, Savanah Kitchens, Public Works Director, Kirk Hamby, and the Public works department staff. The grant will save the City $10,000 on energy bills, reduce the library’s energy consumption by 67,000 KwH. This will take Parnell Memorial Library from top energy user to third. We expect this to be demonstration project for future retrofits and energy efficiency projects. 

Contact

Olivia Barone

Phone: 205-732-0538
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Location: 1120 Overland Road, Montevallo, AL 35115

Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Holiday Closures

The Montevallo Recycling Center follows all holidays observed by The City of Montevallo.