The concept of sustainable development was most classically defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, the term "Sustainability" has been defined in varying ways, but normally centers on 3 core values – Economy, Society, and Environment.
For the City of Rogers, working towards sustainability means operating more efficiently, saving money and energy, reducing pollution, and planning for the future. The City's Public Works department has already taken a number of steps to become more sustainable and is constantly looking for new ways to improve efficiency while benefiting residents, the local economy, and environmental resources.
Residents made awesome rain barrels last Thursday, June 26th at the Rain Barrel Workshop at Triangle Park. Each participant was given an empty plastic barrel, all the necessary hardware, and the supplies needed to put the rain barrel together. There were also stencils and paints available to decorate the rain barrels. By the end of the workshop, participants had some great-looking barrels to add to their yards and start collecting rain water in!
Did you miss out on last week’s workshop? Would you be interested in attending a rain barrel workshop? We’re considering hosting another workshop at the end of July or early August. Contact Aimee Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (763)428-0908 if you’re interested.
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The average family of four uses around 400 gallons of water every day. Approximately, 30-40% of that water is used outside on lawn care, landscaping, car washing, and other chores. In fact, across the United States, outdoor uses account for as much as 9 billion gallons of water used each day. The amount of water each household uses outside is on average higher than the amount of water used for showering and washing clothing combined. Experts have estimated that as much as 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a great program called WaterSense that offers water efficient products and tips on how to conserve water. Read more here.
The Metropolitan Council has a number of great tips and resources related to water conservation for industrial and commercial facilities on their website.
Utility Savings for Businesses
Using energy and water efficient equipment and products can help to significantly reduce the amount of energy and water consumed by your business while also saving you money! The programs and companies listed below offer services related to increasing utility efficiency for a wide range of facilities. These programs and companies will conduct an audit of your facility and determine practices or equipment that you can alter or replace to reduce energy and water costs.
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Falling leaves are lovely to watch, but did you know they are a serious pollutant for our local waters? When leaves and other organic debris from our yards, driveways, and sidewalks are washed down our storm sewers they are carried to our local lakes and rivers, untreated and unfiltered. Tons of debris gets into our waters this way – far more than is natural and far more than our waters can keep up with. Once in the water, organic debris releases phosphorus and nitrogen. This fuels noxious algae blooms that degrade water quality and harm lake and river ecosystems and aquatic life.
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