August 1 is Earth Overshoot Day ―the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. To recognize this, here are some things the City is doing to help reduce our ecological footprint:
- Working towards switching to paperless methods for processes from stormwater inspections to council agenda packets.
- Switched to monthly meter reading last year so owners can more quickly adjust water use and detect leaks. Plus, our meter reader Joe rides his bike instead of driving to read your meters.
- Partnerships with Sound Transit to provide alternate forms of transportation like the train to Seattle which also reduces traffic.
- Creating more housing near our downtown so people can enjoy all it has to offer (including the train!) with a short walk.
- Working to connect sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails around town and to neighboring towns so you can safely ride or walk to amenities such as the YMCA.
- Actively planting trees to restore open spaces and maintaining our own street tree nursery which can help to clean the air.
To learn more about what you can do, or to find out your own personal ecological footprint – check out https://www.footprintnetwork.org/.