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.
A report was compiled for calendar year, the service provider included all of the schools within the City limits. From previous reports, none of the schools were included within the report. However, since the school district is a part of the City's budget this may be an opportunity to establish a new target along with creating a segmented CO2e report. An updated report is anticipated for calendar year 2018 by the end of December 2019.
The 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.
The AQI for this quarter more within the moderate range. The entire month of July and twenty three days in August were within the moderate range.. The month of September was in the lower moderate range. In order to provide good air quality within City buildings, quarterly preventative maintenance on all HVAC systems was performed as scheduled.
The City has very low impact on this measure.