Environmental stewardship
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Enhance environmental quality and sustainability, balancing costs and benefits, including County services and utilities

Why is this important? 

In order to provide a healthy environment for today’s and tomorrow’s population, we need to be good stewards of our natural resources - showing for and taking good care of our environment.

What does this mean? 

Los Alamos County sustains resources for future generations by reducing consumption, minimizing waste and using less energy. As stewards of our community, we will restore and protect land, water, air and other natural resources. We will carefully consider and then make smart investments in forward-thinking technologies or enhancements for our existing or new infrastructure.

How do we achieve our goal? 

There are many ways that Los Alamos County is leading by example and implementing energy sustaining practices into its operations. In 2006, the Council passed a resolution requiring new County facilities to be LEEDs silver or higher.  In the last decade, the County has been achieving or exceeding that goal with the construction of the new Justice Center, Pajarito Cliffs Site buildings, Municipal Building, Golf Course Community Building and Nature Center. Use of state-of-the-art technology such as low-flow fixtures, HVAC monitoring, electric vehicle power stations and xeriscaping/low water use landscaping practices can lower or shift costs at these facilities. Savings can then be returned into operating budgets for other purposes. To increase awareness, the County has an internal “Green Team” of employees who promote sustainable practices. For more information about these initiatives, click here.

Staff Contact: Philo Shelton, Public Works Director