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Green Georgetown

Georgetown is the recognized home of the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” The town’s longstanding commitment to historic preservation has resulted in one of the few town squares with original architecture on all four sides. Numerous awards from state and federal organizations have recognized Georgetown’s tremendous preservation and beautification efforts.

Alongside the town’s respect for history and authenticity lies a passion for preserving its natural resources. Georgetown is quickly becoming known as a leader in environmental sustainability. It is the second city in the U.S. and first in the south to make the transition to 100% renewable energy use with electricity that is powered by wind and solar.

As part of the transition, the utility department’s West Side Service Center is powered by rooftop solar panels and has a rainwater harvesting system used to irrigate the grounds.

Not only have the city’s leaders ushered in a system that benefits the environment, including less water usage which is vital in a state often hit by drought, but one that benefits the bottom line.

Energy conservation is just one of a multitude of notable green efforts and practices in town. Others include free bike rentals at the Visitors Center on the Square and at the Georgetown Library. Hop on one of these cool, red bikes to take a spin around Georgetown and/or along it’s scenic hike and bike trail.

The annual Red Poppy Festival, which draws more than 60,000 people over two and a half days each April, is in the midst of becoming a zero waste event. The goal is that by 2021, 90% or more of the waste produced at the festival will not be sent to landfill. So far, their efforts have resulted in 60% waste reduction in 2017.

The city’s nine-mile hike and bike trail is an inspiring trip through the natural beauty of the area, traversing a granite trail through San Gabriel Park and along the north and south sides of the San Gabriel River.

The trail ends (or may begin) at Lake Georgetown where you can explore the clear waters using always-green human power via stand-up paddleboards (SUP) or kayak. Kayaks and SUPs provided by Georgetown Paddle Company.

Georgetown is a repeat Gold Medal winner for outstanding parks upkeep and improvements from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society; the town square was recognized as a Great Public Space/Great Places in Texas by the American Planning Association; the American Public Power Association awarded Georgetown’s Utility Systems with the RP3 designation, a distinction earned by just 219 public power utilities in the country.

Preservation Georgetown has worked diligently for more than 25 years to enhance the quality of life for locals and visitors alike by preserving, protecting and promoting the town’s abundant historic resources. The organization embraces a green, sustainable philosophy through its mission of preserving Georgetown’s historical character and structures.

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