There’s a new way to give back to the Springville community. The Springville Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is a newly-formed non-profit organization that supports projects for renewable energy, environmental stewardship, nature-oriented recreational opportunities and community economic improvements. An initial meeting will be held on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

SSI is comprised of residents of Springville and the surrounding areas who are looking to build the region into a greener and more sustainable place. SSI plans to work with local government, community groups, school districts and businesses to integrate sustainable practices that will save energy, lower carbon footprints, and enhance the Springville experience. Initial projects might include community clean up days, tree planting initiatives, electric vehicle test drive events and rain barrel installation drives.

“There is a lot of buzz around new energy technologies, such as solar panels and electric cars and we want to integrate these projects in Springville,” said Reed Braman, co-founder of SSI. “We noticed there are grant opportunities and programs dedicated to sustainable practices and we thought an organization specifically focused on the environment and community redevelopment was needed to take advantage of these.”

SSI is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering to help enhance our community and will host an informational meeting on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Encorus building (23 Mechanic Street, across from the Town Hall.  Anyone interested in participating or learning more is invited to the meeting or can contact Braman at