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Sustainability Spotlight: Rec and Parks

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:


Laura AT Miller
Jan­u­ary 2013



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