Energy and Environment
Water and wastewater; green infrastructure; energy independence and security; and greenhouse gas and air quality – when we focus on improving these aspects of our regional communities, the benefits span beyond protecting the environment. We improve public health by providing cleaner air and water for our residents. We diversify our regional diversity portfolio, insulating our communities from energy disruptions that could be caused by natural disasters. We also support a growing renewable energy economy, providing more job opportunities to our residents while reducing their monthly electric bills.
Regional planning organizations are perfectly situated to have the greatest impact on managing these cross-cutting issues, where local jurisdictions’ boundaries intersect and many federal, state, and local programs are conducted. They bring together local elected officials and planners of multiple jurisdictions to successfully plan for the complex challenges of climate change. They are taking green infrastructure projects head on, conducting strategic planning and implementing projects to accomplish sustainable outcomes. Regional councils are also directing initiatives in their programming that support clean energy, including providing outreach and technical assistance to expand local adoption of solar energy and conducting their own regional procurements for alternative fuel vehicles.