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What Can We Do?

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What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
- John Ruskin

Sustainable communities operate within the rules of nature. They use resources that can be regenerated. They generate no harmful waste, either re-using materials or discharging them safely back into the natural environment. They create environmental, economic, and social conditions that support the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable communities make plans and decisions that balance the three elements of the "triple bottom line:" economic prosperity, environmental quality, and community quality of life.

Triple Bottom Line diagram

In order for communities such as Clearwater to survive within the constrained reality of the natural world, everyone's help is needed to "close the loops" of unsustainable daily practices. Working together, this community can create a healthy, vibrant way of living that takes no more than what is available, makes no more than what is needed, and wastes none of what is used.

Everything is at stake. Clearwater's entire economy and culture depend, in one way or another, upon the natural beauty and peaceful urban environment that attracts tourists, shoppers, residents, and businesses. In the face of rapidly changing environmental conditions, the city must develop and implement strategies to protect and enhance the natural beauty of Clearwater's sparkling beaches and the pleasant, historic character of its walkable urban neighborhoods and commercial districts. The entire community can help create more sustainable ways for people to go about the business of everyday life: traveling to work, school and stores; heating and cooling buildings; producing potable water; washing clothes; and managing waste.

The Greenprint process gives all Clearwater residents and businesses an opportunity to assess the reality of the community's current situation, clarify the likely environmental changes that future generations will face, identify strategies to change the conditions that can be affected, and to adapt to the ones that can't be changed. Participants in the process will have an opportunity to study best practices, share ideas, generate information, and learn from the experiences of other communities. Working collectively, community members will come up with their own game plan for a set of workable, effective strategies that will make Clearwater a livable, prosperous city now and for generations to come.

United States Department of Energy logo The Clearwater Greenprint is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Think Green logo

What's New

Draft of Clearwater Greenprint Available to Download

Steps to Sustainable Living

Greenprint Upcoming Events

None scheduled at this time.

City Council Information

Presentation and Background Materials from 11/29/10 City Council Worksession

Resolution 11-5 and Supporting Items from 12/14/12 Public Hearing