March 2007 Bay View Compass Editorial
Dear Bay View Compass Readers,
On February 13, 2007 at the Pulaski Indoor Pool I introduced Milwaukee County's Greenprint, our plan for higher environmental and conservation standards. Since my election in 2004, I have been disappointed with many trends in County Government, specifically the decline of quality of life services we were once known for. Higher energy costs have put a major strain on departmental budgets within the County, which owns more than 800 buildings. Many of them have not been updated in decades. I had the press conference unveiling the Greenprint at this great facility in my district as an example of a resource which would be positively affected by this legislation.
The Greenprint is a comprehensive plan for Milwaukee County that outlines many things Milwaukee County should be doing to run more efficiently to save taxpayers money, while reducing our environmental footprint.
Here are some of the areas my plan addresses:
Create a Director of Sustainability position to oversee current and future energy efficiency and eco-friendly initiatives and help County departments comply with the Green Print
Retrofit County buildings with high-performance, energy efficient technology, require all departments to perform an internal audit of ways to improve energy efficiency
Direct the Public Works Director to purchase hybrid and alternative fuel powered vehicles
Turn unused parkland back into native grassland and prairie reserve areas, which would require no maintenance or the burning of fossil fuels
Manage storm runoff from County facilities and place recycling containers in all parks
Examine the potential use of "gray water" (untreated water from roof tops or disconnected down spouts) where treated water may not be needed
Require that all county-supported construction projects meet Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards by 2008
Examine the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy to power County buildings.
At this time, a majority of the County Board has signed on as co-sponsors to this legislation, as well as 10 local environmental and community groups. As you can see, this is the beginning-not the end, of what I call a new conservation ethic for Milwaukee County. Changing our actions costs nothing and brings about the largest result.
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic
MILWAUKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Courthouse Room 201, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
PHONE: 414-278-4232 FAX: 414-223-1380