The County of Santa Clara is committed
to “building and maintaining a healthy and safe community for current and
future generations through preserving natural resources and the environment,
fostering a healthy economy, and meeting the basic needs of all residents with
respect and cultural awareness.” These
three elements – a healthy environment, vibrant economy, and social equity – provides
the County’s vision for “sustainability.”
Our County is asked to “think
sustainably” and utilize, when appropriate, an inclusive collaborative process to
produce visionary decisions today that ensure a viable, thriving community for
the future. Within each department,
County employees are actively pursuing ways to do so. To further inter-departmental coordination and
collaboration that strategically balances and advances sustainability and
climate defense, the Office of Sustainability is working with County
departments to produce a Sustainability Master Plan (SMP).
process will develop a sustainability management system including the plan and
other documents needed to both communicate the County’s vision for
sustainability and to implement that vision through the County’s many activities,
goods, and services. The SMP is intended
to support sustainability and climate defense goal achievement, promote
continual improvement, coordinate decision-making, avoid unnecessary
repetition, and encourage internal and external collaborative partnerships.
SMP will result in a dynamic process rather than just a written document. The sustainability management system will be
flexible enough to permit departmental innovation but structured enough to
facilitate strategic decision-making about how to best pursue and achieve
long-term sustainability aims and goals.
Details on the SMP, the role of the Office of Sustainability in creating
it, and the process of creating the SMP can be found in the SMP Framework.
The draft SMP was released in July 2020, and its components are below:
SMP Discussion Draft - provides an overview of the SMP
Appendix A: SMP Priority Area Actions - a draft list of existing and potential new programs, policies, and activities for each strategy that may be undertaken to achieve the identified target; includes list of lead and coordinating departments.
For more information,
please contact the Office of Sustainability