Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Local governments not necessarily walking the sustainability walk

October 14, 2010
VISTA, CA — The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently released a survey that indicates many communities across America are giving sustainability issues considerably more attention, but many are only in the beginning stages of the process and few have actually turned concerns into actions, according to a press release.
The survey found that 70 percent indicated "energy conservation" was a priority issue for their local government with 24 percent indicating it was a high priority, yet only 29 percent had adopted programs or resolutions related to sustainability and energy conservation.
There appears to be slightly more concern when it comes to water issues: 34 percent indicated they have taken actions to conserve water; 33 percent have adopted a water price structure that encourages conservation; and 28 percent have established incentives to encourage conservation, the release stated.
"It is gratifying that these communities are taking more significant steps to conserve water," says Klaus Reichardt, president and founder of Waterless Co. Inc., makers of waterless urinal systems and other restroom products.
"However, they should also realize that [improving] water conservation also bolsters energy conservation," Reichardt added.
Click here to read the complete release.