Seeing GreenFayetteville has had the longest continuous Earth Day festival in history. In 2012, Fayetteville celebrated Earth Day with more than 99 events held in a span of 40 days across the city. Earth Day began as a one-day event in 1970 to bring environmental protection and conservation into the forefront of the national political agenda.
Notable projects include renovations of buildings to meet LEED standards, a Clean Energy Plan campaign and a $50 million Performance Contract for Energy Efficiency with the University of Arkansas. The efforts of the city have been rewarded as Fayetteville was named Volunteer Community of the Year for three years running and is recognized as Top 100 Place to Live by RelocateAmerica.
In 2011, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission awarded the city of Fayetteville the ArkansasShine Superstar Award for the fourth year. The award honors communities with a comprehensive approach to keeping their hometowns clean and green. The city is currently undergoing the certification process to become a “Keep Arkansas Beautiful” city, appropriately named “Keep Fayetteville Beautiful.” The National Resources Defense Council recognized Fayetteville as the first city in the state to hire a sustainability coordinator.