A couple of weeks ago the Sustainability Board and the Office of Environmental Sustainability released our annual report. I am sure you have all had a chance to read through it, but just in case I’m thinking I will spend a couple of posts highlighting particular pieces that I think are of note. Let me start with what is, possibly, the most basic question: “Why would two separate groups submit one report?”
Well, if you would have read the report like I asked you would have seen this paragraph in my introduction letter:
“We are doing so because the missions of the Office and the Sustainability Board are closely intertwined. Both are working every day to create a culture of sustainability throughout Howard County and focus all areas of County government on the many facets of sustainability. Combining the two reports gives the clearest vision of the work of both institutions,which while separate entities, are part of the same whole.”
At the end, it comes down to silo busting. To quote myself again (man am I vain) “Though not meant to disparage any of our existing governmental bodies, the knock on government is so often about the large bureaucratic silos that compete with each other and make progress so difficult.”
If two government entities like the Environmental Sustainability Board and the Office of Environmental Sustainability can’t embrace our overlapping missions and work collectively, what possible hope would our office have in collaboration and unity with Public Works, Planning and Zoning or Purchasing?
When you get a chance, go ahead and check out the report and let us know what you think.