The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has selected the Village of Bayside to receive its 2010 Community Sustainability Award. The Community Sustainability Award recognizes innovative local government programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in balancing that community's social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs. This award is given to one community of less than 10,000 in population internationally.
Bayside is being recognized for its’ Measuring Green program, which involves the implementation of its innovative, best management practices, and comprehensive performance measurement program in the area of sustainability. The Village has undertaken several core “Green” initiatives to enhance the energy efficiency of its facilities and operations, promote environmental stewardship in the community, and provide leadership in enhancing our environmental friendliness. The approach has been multi-faceted and included Green building, Village operational and procedural, community, regulatory and communication initiatives.
While Bayside’s Measuring Green has several “Green” components, two areas that were specifically highlighted and recognized were the Facility Energy Consumption Reduction Initiative and Collection Services Efficiency Enhancement Initiative.
Since 2007, Village facility utility consumption has dropped dramatically through a series of best practices that were implemented. Electrical consumption in Village facilities has reduced by 26 percent. Village gas consumption has reduced by 77 percent. Overall Village utility costs have reduced by 21 percent.
The second initiative was the Village’s implementation of a comprehensive collection efficiency measurement initiative. Part of this program benchmarked the number of hours the Village’s Department of Community & Utility Services spent annually on collection-oriented services (garbage, recycling and yard waste). The shift in resources and manpower resulted in a reduction of over 2,700 hours on collections annually, approximately 30 percent, and a savings of almost $97,000. This has provided crews the opportunity to spend more time completing preventive maintenance work, which helps prolong the life span of village roads, tools and heavy equipment; which ultimately will save taxpayers money in the long-run and frees up budgetary resources to be spent on other projects.
The award will be presented to the Village this fall. This recognition comes on the heels of the Village being designated the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Green Community of the Year in 2009.