Green Government isn’t a myth, it’s a reality…well at least according to there website.
Seriously thought, our government does have procedures in place for such a monumental undertaking in case you didn’t know. In fact, it’s been around for many, many years and is called the Environmental Protection Agency.
Starting with air pollution in the 1960’s, the EPA has grown to be a force not to be reckoned with! Steep penalties and fines for manufacturer and automotive industries are certain proof of that. So much so that technology produced some of the most advanced automobiles the world has ever seen. Extremely energy efficient vehicles that leave a very low carbon footprint.
Let’s fast-forward back to today though. Cars and trucks are cleaner, but what about our homes, neighborhoods and communities in general? The EPA has a “Green Kit” website for just this purpose.
Titled “Smart Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” the Green Communities website is a portal to tools and information. They’ve outlined strategies, programs and policies for reducing your environmental footprint.
On the home page, they’ve outlined a five-step plan:
- Community Assessment: Where Are We Now?
- Trends Analysis: Where Are We Going?
- Vision Statement: Where Do We Want To Be?
- Sustainable Action Plans: How Do We Get There?
- Implementation: Let’s Go!
This is all nice and welcoming, but what about enforcement? The biggest issue the world faces is not the setting up of legislation and policies but the followup as you know.
I do like knowing there is a “guide” in place for existing and developing communities but what I’d like to know more about is what contractors have to say about this and what types of enforcement (if any) are already in place. If you know, please comment.