Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.
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Buildings and Lighting
Provide incentives for energy, water and sustainability improvements in existing residential, not-for-profit and commercial buildings/building sites.
Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
Adopt environmentally preferable covenant guidelines for new common interest communities addressing issues such as stormwater, greywater, native vegetation, growing food, clothes lines, electric vehicle charging, and renewable energy.
Build public support and legal validity to long-term infrastructural and regulatory strategy.
Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.
Adopt development ordinances or processes that protect natural systems and valued community assets.
Conserve natural, cultural, historic resources by adopting or amending city codes and ordinances to support sustainable sites, including roadsides, and environmentally protective land use development.
Support and protect wildlife through habitat rehabilitation, preservation and recognition programs.
Add city tree and plant cover that conserves topsoils and increases community health, wealth, quality of life.
Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.
Increase active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:
Certify at least one golf course in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Improve local water bodies to sustain their long-term ecological function and community benefits.
Adopt goals to revegetate shoreland and create a local program or outreach effort to help property owners with revegetation.
Resilient Economic and Community Development
Remove barriers to and encourage installation of renewable energy generation capacity.
Become a solar-ready community, including adopting ordinance/zoning language and an expedited permit process for residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.
Strengthen local food production and access.
Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily and residential developments.