The City of Germantown’s continued vibrant quality of life depends on the ability to protect natural resources and implement a strong stewardship ethic, safeguarding the interests of future generations. There is a call for an integrated management system that ensures the health and integrity of the City’s natural resources and their underlying ecosystems. The intent of this strategic objective is to create a broad understanding and commitment for the advancement of sustainable practices through the adoption and full implementation of the Germantown Natural Resources Management Plan. Key performance indicators for plant and wildlife inventory provide data for the natural resources report assessment. In addition, the continual reduction of the City’s carbon footprint promotes energy conservation.
City’s carbon footprint
The City of Germantown Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory (Baseline Year 2008) was completed on behalf of Germantown by Brown & Caldwell along with Fischer & Arnold in the fall of 2010. The Germantown GHG emissions inventory results were compiled and expressed as equivalents of carbon dioxide (CO2e). These gases include CO2, methane (CH4), nitrous oxides (N20), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons(HFCs). The unit CO2e (in metric tons) is also the basic measure used in carbon credit trading.
As follow up from the previous quarter, CO2e is not available as anticipated during the 4th quarter. Staff will research software that will calculate the City's CO2e during the 1st quarter of FY19. As reminder, data is typically collected and reported for each calendar year which differs from the City's fiscal year. Petroleum Usage for the 4th quarter is below the established Target. High efficiency heating systems, ongoing LED lighting replacements, sports lighting web-base controls, building automation systems, purchase of fuel efficient vehicles and equipment: should assist in having a positive impact on reducing the City's carbon footprint.
ImpactThe City has moderate impact on this measure.
Air quality index
The Air Quality Index (AQI), used to report daily air quality, is a measure of the cleanliness of atmospheric air and associated health effects on air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act including ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. Ground-level ozone and airborne particles are the two pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health in this country.
At the time of the AQI Health Message report, the report stated that readings between 51 to 100 which is considered moderate for outdoor activities for the month of July. During August and September the AQI readings were between 0 to 50 which is considered good for outdoor activities Readings were taken beginning July 1st through September 30th.
ImpactThe City has very low impact on this measure.