Windsor Heights Going Green- Creating a Sustainable Community
To see what Windsor Heights can undertake in order to become a green community, please click here. These are just suggestions and ideas, not an approved plan of action.
Lions Park is located directly behind City Hall. There’s a rain garden which is an example of a green and stormwater best practices project.
Residents of Windsor Heights can take advantage of rebates offered by MidAmerican Energy to purchase energy efficient appliances and to add insulation and other energy saving home improvements.
Homeowners can also receive a Federal tax credit for making envelope improvements and installing energy-efficient heating, cooling, and water heating equipment in their primary residence. The incentive is 30% of the cost of eligible measures, with a $1,500 cap on the credit per home. The tax credit for envelope improvements is based on the cost of the materials installed (insulation, windows, sealants, etc.), not the cost of labor. The credit for home heating and cooling and water heating equipment is based on both the cost of the materials and installation labor costs. For more information, please visit www.energystar.gov.
In addition to operating the landfill where Windsor Heights garbage goes, Metro Waste Authority has also implemented the new single stream recycling program. This program allows for all recyclable materials to be placed in a single waste bin, eliminating the need for curb side sorting by both workers and residents. This program has led to an increase in recycling of over 20%. MWA also captures the methane produced by the landfill and uses this to power homes in Polk County. Safe disposal of household hazardous waste protects you, your family and our environment. The City of Windsor Heights has partnered with Metro Waste Authority to ensure residents can recycle and disposal unused hazardous products with the Houseside Collection program.
The below picture shows another green stormwater best practices project at Colby Park located in Windsor Heights. This is a bios wale where rainwater from the parking lots is captured and filtered in the swale, before the water eventually drains into Walnut Creek and the Raccoon River, which is the source of drinking water for Windsor Heights.