Survey Indicates Local Governments are Talking Sustainability but Not Necessarily Walking the Walk
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.
The survey includes the responses of more than 2,100 key administrators of local governments throughout the country.
Among the more notable survey findings include:
• 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.
• Only 14 percent have established greenhouse gas emission limits for their local governments and less than 10 percent for the entire community.
• 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.
"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."
According to Reichardt, the state of California estimates that 19 percent of its energy use is needed just to move water to and from facilities. "And, 23 percent of natural gas use is [used] to move water as well."
Finally, the survey also found that 10 percent of the localities now require all new government facilities to meet or exceed LEED or Energy Star certification; eight percent require that these standards be met for all government building renovations.
About Waterless Co, Inc.
Waterless Co is the developer of the No-Flush Waterless Urinal, the first no-water system introduced in the United States. From the company''s headquarters in Vista, CA it distributes urinals around the globe. Its founder, Klaus Reichardt is also a frequent writer and speaker on water conservation issues. For more information, visit www.waterless.com