A sustainable community reflects the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social issues without diminishing the natural and cultural resources that support them. Sustainable communities are places where all stakeholders - residents, businesses, organizations, and municipal officials integrate sustainability into the fabric of their everyday lives to protect natural resources, enjoy good health, mitigate risk, and maintain a high quality of life.
Municipal Generated Solid WasteReducing solid waste in municipal properties can lead to significant cost savings through more effective use of raw materials and decreased hauling and disposal fees. The most effective way to reduce waste is to create a Resource, Waste and Materials Management Plan using the results of a waste audit. Types of solid waste within a building include trash, recyclables, organics, e-waste, and hazardous waste. Best Practices
Community Generated WasteReducing solid waste generated in the community can lead to significant cost savings through decreased hauling and disposal fees. The most effective way to reduce waste is through Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM), a comprehensive waste prevention, recycling, composting, and disposal program for communities. An effective ISWM system considers how to prevent, recycle, and manage solid waste in ways that most effectively protect human health and the environment. Best Practices
Community EngagementCommunity engagement is a critical component of successfully implementing new programs in a community. When residents and businesses understand the benefits of introducing new programs, projects, or practices into the community and the financial and community benefits that can result they are more inclined to participate and adjust. Best Practices
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The Waukesha County Green team received a grant from the Mosaic Momentum Initiative. This grant was awarded through the Mosaic environmental movement infrastructure grant slate, which is supporting 21 projects involving 91 organizations across 27 states working on clean air and water, a safe climate, and healthy and just communities.