One of the best ways to encourage sustainability is to provide awards for excellence. Portland Oregon's Office of Sustainable Development recently announced its 14th Annual BEST awards for local businesses that incorporate sustainability into their business. Award categories include energy, product development, water efficiency, food systems, storm water management, transportation alternatives, waste reduction and pollution prevention.
Act Locally: Ten Steps Toward Sustainability:
What is Sustainability?
Step 1: Create a Sustainability Task Force
Step 2: Support Local Business
Step 3: Incorporate LEED and Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings
Step 4: Set A Goal of Zero Waste
Step 5: Enact Environmentally-Friendly Land Use Laws
Step 6: Create Biotic Corridors
Step 7: Encourage Green Transportation
Step 8: Bar "Formula" Restaurants
Step 9: Support Green Roofs and Porous Pavement