City of San Marcos Comprehensive Environmental Stewardship Policy The City of San Marcos recognizes responsible environmental stewardship as part of its core mission in serving the citizens of this community. The City’s environmental policy is intended to create long-term environmental benefits and to conserve natural resources. The policy is also intended to ensure the protection of City employees, residents, and members of the broader global community. While the focus of this policy is environmental stewardship, many of the programs discussed provide significant ancilliary benefits, such as economic & real estate development, and attracting knowledge workers/businesses. The City is committed to reducing its use of natural resources, to investing in green buildings, vehicles and materials, to saving taxpayer dollars through wise energy use and resource conservation, and to improving the overall quality of life in the City. In order to be a responsible environmental steward, the City has adopted this environmental policy focusing on the following main areas and totaling more than 80 separate initiatives: Land Use Management, Urban Forestry and Water Quality Transportation Planning & Clean Air Green Power & Energy Efficiency Green Building Water & Wastewater Management Recycling & Waste Reduction Education & Outreach Each chapter will have its own unique set of performance criteria to assess the success and impact each program has. However, the overall Environmental Stewardship Program will use citizen/employee survey research and carbon footprinting. In addition, the programs presented can be funded as one-time expenses or set-up as recurring programs.
City of San Marcos Environmental Stewardship Policy