The City of Gulf Shores has been recognized as the Greenest City in the State of Alabama—in Insurfiy’s 2019 Greenest City Awards.
City officials say the environment is what makes Gulf Shores Gulf Shores, and after first hand seeing the effects following the BP oil spill in 2010, they decided to make it more of a priority for the whole city.
Award recipients were judged on environmentally friendly behavior of cities, as well as driving behaviors.
We’re told one thing setting the city apart in the state is their full functioning recycling center and green push following the oil spill.
Grant brown with the City of Gulf Shores says its all thanks to the hard work of the public works division, residential recycling programs, and drop off center that hand sorts recyclables on site.
“We can have the most beautiful parks, the most beautiful beaches and area, but the environment, if its impacted, negatively reduces our quality of life, reduces our ability to have people come to town for visiting, and the quality of life for our residents. The environment is the reason Gulf Shores is so successful,” said Brown.
Brown says the city plans on keeping environment the top priority—as it has such a large effect on quality of life and tourism.