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To pursue this mission, the Environmental Leadership Policy identified 12 guiding principles:
WHEREAS, protecting the environment for the benefit of future generations is in the public's interest; and
WHEREAS, citizens recognize that environmental degradation in our community is part of a larger, regional growth management issue, and
WHEREAS, local, state and federal environmental regulations will likely be inadequate to overcome the adverse environmental impacts of projected growth; and
WHEREAS, compliance with environmental regulations in County government operations is the minimum expected performance level; and
WHEREAS, actions by individuals and organizations are necessary to protect our environment and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, Mecklenburg County has the internal expertise to integrate environmental considerations into our daily activities and optimize environmental performance throughout County operations; and
WHEREAS, Mecklenburg County has previously adopted policies and ordinances associated with individual environmental media including air quality, solid waste/recycling, surface water, and stormwater management applicable to government operations and the community;
Now therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners adopts an Environmental Leadership Policy, that will further the County's 2015 Vision to be "a community of pride and choice for people to LIVE, WORK and RECREATE," to wit:
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners desires that County government operate in a manner that conserves and protects our air, water and land resources, become a model of environmental stewardship for local governments, business and industry in our region, and use and apply the County's existing and future resources wisely for the benefit of its citizens.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the "Environmental Leadership Policy" will be comprised of principles that will guide the recurring activities of County government as follows:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Manager is directed to appoint County staff members to the Environmental Leadership Team, and begin implementation of a process to identify, evaluate, prioritize and act on environmental aspects of Cmmty operations that warrant examination, modification or corrective action and report findings to the Board of County Commissioners as projects are proposed and/or completed, and at a minimum on an annual basis to document accomplishments.
ADOPTED the 17th day of February, 2004.