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Stepwise Sustainability – Where to Begin?

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The world's focus on sustainability is increasing at a rapid rate. Over the last year on the World Wide Web, searches for key words like “Sustainability” and “Green” have risen 165%. People are beginning to question our civilization's behavior over the last century and whether our quest for advancing our species can be maintained. We as an industry of public servants are also questioning some things that were previously held as fact:

Clean water professionals are environmentalists by trade. We already practice sustainability… right?

Our treatment plants were designed and constructed to protect the environment. That means their sustainable… right?

We are primarily non-profit, focusing on providing service to our rate payers in the most cost effective manner. That's sustainable… right?

Since focusing on sustainability causes you to look at the most core elements of your business, it is a pretty overwhelming task. This paper will attempt to tell a story about one clean water plant's stepwise journey towards sustainability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2008

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