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Planning for Sustainability

James Newton, PE

In recent years sustainability has gained significant momentum. Many large corporations such as Nike, Wal-Mart, and McDonald’s are embracing the concepts of sustainability. Both large corporations and small non profits all are seeing benefits to incorporating sustainability concerns into their business models. Many businesses have become sensitive to social and stakeholder issues. Sustainability can be thought of as a three legged stool and represented as the three e’s (economics, ethics and the environment) or the three p’s, (profit, planet and people) or based on an EPA description: social, environmental and economic health

Sustainable water infrastructure is critical to providing clean and safe water and to help insure sustainable communities. Water utilities typically have a long term planning horizon and have long term infrastructure operation and maintenance commitments. The US EPA requests that utilities ensure that infrastructure investments are cost effective, resource efficient and support other community goals.

In this course, you are required to study the US EPA publication, “Planning for Sustainability: A Handbook for Water and Wastewater Utilities” provided as a pdf document as a part of this course. This document describes the steps utilities can take to enhance their existing planning processes to emphasize utility and community sustainability.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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