Environmental Sustainability means the long-term maintenance of ecosystem components so that in future years they are able to function at a level comparable, or improved, to that of today. The natural environment encompassing our community provides habitat, water, sustenance, and a means for survival to a wide variety of species, including humans. It is our duty to protect this delicate, balanced system.
Reduce Waste In Our Community - Recycling / Compost Programs
Residents, institutions and businesses within the City of Brooks will need to reduce their waste in order to ensure a healthy environment in the future. This can be done through education, reduction, refurbishment, and re-use, or through enhanced recycling and composting programs. View waste reduction tips (PDF).
Create Natural and Sustainable Open Spaces and Habitats Within City Limits
Open spaces and natural habitats are both important features of a happy, healthy environment in the City of Brooks. Whether for recreation or habitat, these spaces contribute to the structure of our community and must be preserved and protected. Any opportunity to enhance these areas or create new should be taken into strong consideration. Ensure that statutory planning documents recognize this policy for open space in our community.
Conserve Water and Reduce Consumption
As water is a precious and scarce resource in our region, it absolutely must be conserved. Water conservation, efficiency and productivity (and education for each of these areas) must be a focus indoors and out, and within residential, commercial, industrial and institutional contexts. Ensure that the City maintains an active Water Shortage Response Plan in conformance to water license requirements.
Create A Built Environment in The City That Is Environmentally Friendly and More Energy, Land, and Resource Efficient
New developments and renovations in the City of Brooks should strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The built environment should reflect ideals in energy efficiency, water/wastewater management, renewable energy systems, land conservation, green technologies, and community connectivity. View residential energy efficiency tips (PDF).
Create Opportunities For Active Transportation Throughout The City - Pathways for Pedestrians, Cyclists etc.
Whenever possible, transportation routes within the City of Brooks should allow for active transportation to take place alongside vehicular transportation. If residents can replace automobiles with alternative transportation, less environmental degradation will occur. Local services shall be accessible through a network of inter-connected pathways and active transportation shall be encouraged.
Encourage The Use of Renewable Energy Sources - Lead By Example and Educate Our Residents, Businesses and Industries
The City of Brooks will endeavor, where suitable, to progressively move towards supplying their own energy needs through the use of renewable energy sources. The development and installation of these technologies now, followed by education and awareness, will make the transition easier in the future.