Although few Wisconsin communities currently have a policy to promote sustainable practices, nearly half are thinking about developing one, according to a survey by consulting engineer Mead & Hunt.
The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste and create healthy environments.
Mead & Hunt conducted its survey of town, village and city representatives throughout Wisconsin during September and October of 2008 to identify existing "green" or sustainable practices.
The study's goal was to help municipal professionals better understand sustainable practices throughout Wisconsin and to inform communities about current and future trends in sustainability.
Mead & Hunt continues to expand its knowledge about sustainability by providing its staff with development opportunities.
Recently, Mead & Hunt employees Jeremy Bluhm, Anne Anderson, Lyle Leverentz, Mandi Tauferner, Benjamin Sitzman, and Lisa Davenport earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) professional accreditation. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Complete results of the Wisconsin sustainability survey are available at www.meadhunt.com/index.php/portfolio/municipal/C253/ by clicking on Community Sustainability Throughout Wisconsin.