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Metroplan is asking anyone—from concerned citizens and academics to city officials and corporate heads—to take part in a survey that could possibly drive future energy and environmental innovations throughout the state.

The group “is asking for your ideas and input that will keep the state’s air clean and protect its natural resources,” according to its Sept. 6 press release.

Ultimately, the data gathered will be used in the development of an Energy and Environment Innovation Plan.

Sydney Dozier, Metroplan spokesperson, said, “Anyone can participate in the survey. We want as much engagement as we possibly can.”

In fact, the survey is a collaborative effort between Metroplan of Central Arkansas, along with the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment’s Office of Air Quality, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, and the City of Fort Smith.

The group isn’t limiting the geographical scope of the survey, but would appreciate input from all areas of the state, Dozier said.

All related ideas or suggestions are welcomed, and participants have about six weeks to complete the survey.

More about the innovation plan

The survey’s feedback could possibly be used in the creation of future state and regional energy and environment plans, with special note of the innovation measures that Arkansans would like to see implemented, Dozier said.

The Energy and Environment Innovation Plan could help guide investments in sustainable practices and carbon-reducing technologies, and Dozier said, “Advances in this area will also electrify economic development in Arkansas and create jobs.”

Future funding possible

The Energy and Environment Innovation plans will position organizations within Arkansas to apply for future grants, including $4.6 billion in federal implementation grants that will be awarded in 2024.

Funding for this planning effort is provided by a planning grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 

The survey is available in English and Spanish, and can be assessed at: www.metroplan.org or at: tinyurl.com/eei-survey 

For more information, call Metroplan at (501) 372-3300.

Metroplan is taking a survey and asking for your ideas and input that will keep the state’s air clean and protect its natural resources such as this rock formation at Lost Valley near Jasper in Northwest Arkansas. (Deborah Horn/Leader photo)

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