Spotlight is the ideal term here, as I bring to light sustainability efforts that are in practice throughout County government. Now introducing sustainability star… drumroll please… Department of Recreation and Parks!
Recreation and Parks has had an active Sustainability Committee (SC) for several years. It was started in 2009, with Matt Knoerlein and Melissa Calleri as two of the founding committee members.
From that humble beginning, the SC has blossomed and helped to bring sustainability to the forefront of Recreation and Parks’ everyday operations. Department of Recreation and Parks employees are kept up to date on the latest in sustainability through a quarterly e-newsletter – from deicing your sidewalks in the winter to gardening advice in the spring.
And the newsletter is only a small part of what they do. The committee has hosted brown bag lunches to educate employees on everything from energy efficiency to stormwater management. In conjunction with the Health and Wellness committee they had an employee-run garden and even offered produce (donations gratefully accepted) in the lobby of their headquarters. The SC has recently expanded their resume by adding roadside clean-up to their list of accomplishments.
Check out the efforts of the Department of Recreation and Parks Sustainability Committee (and e-newsletters) here: