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Below is a list of some of the efforts made by the City to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We are always looking at ways to improve and anticipate more sustainability practices to come.

  • recycleReduce the use of paper by increasing electronic documents and information sharing
  • Recycle paper, plastic, metals, oils, cardboard, and electronic equipment
  • Increase use of recycled products
  • Purchase of green cleaning products for City buildings
  • Recycling facilities at public events
  • Reuse wood chips for park paths and tree mulch
  • Pretreatment program protects water quality and local watershed health
  • Erosion and sediment control programs
  • Water conservation and leak detection program
  • Reuse of biosolids on local farms
  • Energy conservation audits of City facilities
  • Energy-efficient lighting installed at City facilities
  • Power management implemented on all City network computers
  • Use virtual servers instead of physical where appropriate to lessen power and cooling requirements
  • Water-efficient planting and irrigation controls in parks and rights of way
  • Tree preservation measures and tree planting
  • Bike and pedestrian path improvements along city streets
  • The Public Works & Police Departments have purchased a hybrid vehicle
  • Development Code that includes some Smart Growth principles such as village centers, cluster development, and design guidelines
  • New wastewater treatment plant will reduce and prevent sewer overflows into the Willamette
  • Hazardous waste disposal and reporting program
  • Integrated pest management in parks
  • Annual river cleanups

Sustainability provides a way of thinking about how to solve issues related to concerns about the environment, changing economies, and rising energy costs. This includes thinking about sustainability in strategic planning and policy development, how the City delivers core services, as well as the day to day decisions and actions of individuals.

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