A. Comply with Wisconsin's "Smart Growth" law for land use planning and resource management. This criterion is an option only for applications submitted before July 1, 2017.
The City of Glendale Common Council passed the Smart Growth resolution on August 8, 2011 and passed the Plan Commission Smart Growth resolution on August 2, 2011. Glendale’s Smart Growth plan can be found on the City’s website.
C. Provide evidence (e.g., official designation of natural areas, easements, etc.) that existing bird habitat within community limits has legal protection. (Exclusions: Leash laws; prohibitions against disturbing nests and wildlife; areas consisting primarily of mowed grass)
There are several protected parks and green spaces in Glendale. Of these, the popular birding spot Kletzsch Park is probably the most significant.
F. Show that your community offers the public information on how they can control and remove invasive species in order to improve or maintain bird habitat.
The City of Glendale has published articles both on the City’s website and in the City’s newsletter regarding control options for the Emerald Ash Borer. The City of Glendale promotes the removal of invasive species, as well as organizes efforts to remove these species with outside groups such as the Friends of Kletzsch Park, Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy and the Milwaukee Audubon Conservation Committee.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The City of Glendale continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1999.
Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds
A. Describe your community’s educational program to control free-roaming cats and/or the manner in which you actively publicize the Cats Indoors! initiative.
Glendale's website offers residents information to help control free-roaming cats and/or actively publicizes the "Cats Indoors!" program.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
Glendale’s website offers residents information on the threats that cats pose to birds as well as providing suggestions on reducing window strikes. In addition, City staff has added reflective bird strike decals and tethers to the windows at City Hall and the Department of Public Works.
B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
Glendale's website includes an article on creating a backyard habitat for birds and links to cats indoors, make your windows bird-safe, bird related publications, how to attract birds to your yards, and Audubon at home. We further improved the website by adding links to the Bird City Wisconsin and Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail webpages.
N. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.
The City of Glendale has embraced the Natioanl No-Mow May movement in 2022. The City will again support the program within the municipality and at selected City sites. Glendale will also be pursuing adding pollinator-friendly gardens throughout the City.
Energy & Sustainability
A. Document an energy audit for a municipal building and show that your community is working to implement its recommendations.
In 2010, the City of Glendale, working with Johnson Controls, performed an energy audit of the Department of Public Works Building and updated the HVAC, using Johnson Controls high-efficiency units. Also a brand new City Hall was built in 2019 which incorporates green energy designs. Furthermore, in 2019 the Glendale DPW garage had all of the bay lights changed from fluorescent to LED.
J. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.
In 2009, the City converted all 19 signalized intersections and various sections of street lighting along N. Port Washington Rd. to LED. In addition, the City has converted the parking lot lighting at City Hall and DPW to LED, as well as exterior building and soffit lighting to LED. Additionally, the City installed a solar-powered RRFB pedestrian sign on Bender Road, West of N. Jean Nicolet Road. Lastly, the City of Glendale is continuing the replacement of existing street lighting with LED fixtures.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
A. This community's municipal body passed the required World Migratory Bird Day resolution.