Environment + Sustainability  

Environment + Sustainability

MetroCog believes a comprehensive, sustainable approach to planning to can improve our communities.

This is realized through our understanding of the three Es of Sustainability:

Venn Diagram - Environment, Equity, Economics

Environment

Regional environmental planning activities concentrate on preserving open space, maintaining our regional shoreline, identifying strategies that meet our energy needs and respond to climate change, protecting and restoring our streams and rivers, ensuring clean water, and managing our waste.

Equity

MetroCog seeks to improve social equity in accordance with our organizational values, as supported by legislation requiring that "each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations." - Executive Order 12898. Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, 1994.

Economics

A stable environment depends on a stable economy. Economic sustainability is the term used to identify various strategies that make it possible to utilize available resources to best advantage. The idea is to promote usage of those resources that is both efficient and responsible, and likely to provide long-term benefits