Energy & Sustainability
The City's 4.8 kW solar panel array on the Civic-Library Building is now operational! The grant funded project is a great example of the City's commitment to continue working on Council’s 2011-2012 goal to encourage “education, participation, and support for sustainable practices” through the Green UP Initiative. For real time energy production data see below and follow the link for details.
The City launched the Green UP Initiative to organize the effort to increase sustainable practices in University Place. The City itself continues to search for ways to improve its organizational practices, such as distributing documents electronically to cut down printing and installing energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling system, and other products in City buildings. In fact, the City has been adopting sustainable policies and implementing sustainable practices for years, including the installation of safe, energy saving roundabouts and codes that provide for sidewalks and green spaces. These policies and practices have helped UP become the community it is today.
However, City government represents only a small fraction of the total energy use, waste production, and other impacts on the community's natural environment. That is why we need YOU to continue to work on improving sustainability at home and at work too. Individually, we can make a small impact, but together, we will make a significant impact and help shape a clean, healthy, friendly University Place for future residents, businesses, and visitors!
What is "sustainability"?
Sustainable practices are those that "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In other words, sustainability means taking responsibility for our actions. This includes adopting responsible economic, social, and environmental practices that set ourselves and our community up for a bright future.
What is the "Green UP Initiative"?
Green UP is a commitment and collaborative effort by local organizations to become more sustainable and encourage sustainable practices throughout the community.
Who is involved in Green UP?
The City and Library, and the Fire and School Districts have been working with a group of local business and resident stakeholders to develop a shared set of focus areas and goals for the initiative. Meanwhile, each department has already started implementing sustainable practices internally. The City has also been encouraging sustainable practices community wide through a variety of avenues, such as rain garden workshops, green tips in the newsletter, and more.
The Sustainability Advisory Committee was created to develop a community wide sustainability plan and recommendations for implementations. For more information on the Vision the group developed and their recommendations click Green UP Sustainability Advisory Committee.