Goal 9

Sustainable production and consumption of resources

Many of the resources that we depend upon for human needs are finite in nature, and require a considerate approach to ensure that our needs will continue to be met in the long term. How the region plans, manages and conserves resources like water, energy, materials and waste will look very different than the past.

A complete, lifecycle approach to extraction, production and consumption addresses how resources are extracted, how products are made, how they are consumed and how remaining resources are recovered and recycled. By examining how we much energy, water, and material we use and waste, we can better understand the implications of every decision: for instance, reducing energy usage will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease our energy expenses and improve air quality and human health.

The lifecycle approach helps identify the negative impacts of overconsumption on resource availability and cost. Although high-income families use proportionately more energy and water, low-income families are most burdened by utility costs. The patterns of overconsumption affect us all—by exacerbating water scarcity during drought years or by increasing usage of fossil fuel power plants on high heat days. Further, low-income communities in close proximity to waste infrastructure currently receive the brunt of the burden caused by high levels of waste generation, illegal dumping and other poor waste management symptoms.

We will effectively manage the county’s waste, water, energy and material resources into the future by improving our ability to promote integrative and collaborative solutions at the local and regional scale.

How will we work towards achieving this goal?

Strategy 9A

Reduce waste generation

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Strategy 9B

Implement strong water conservation measures

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Strategy 9C

Reduce energy consumption

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Strategy 9D

Capture organic waste and develop regional capacity for beneficial reuse

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Strategy 9E

Divert reusable and recyclable materials from landfills

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