Urban Environmental Management
Cities, EMS and Everything
Putting up a Green Front
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A Sample Environmental Policy Statement   

How would an environmental policy statement of a city look like? A sample of a mystical city called 'Ecopura':

The City of Ecopura
Environmental Policy Statement

As a city government, and in line with the principles set out in its Local Agenda 21, the the City of Ecopura is committed to the ideals and practices of environmental responsibility through measures designed to:

  • promote good environmental practice and awareness of its environmental policies and issues amongst City personnel;
  • promote the continued development of best practices and expertise in environmental disciplines in order to provide knowledge and capacity building related to environmental sustainability;
  • promote practices consistent with environmental protection, both within and outside the city government;
  • minimize the negative impact of the city government on the environment, through a process of continual improvement in environmental performance;
  • take into account the principles of sustainable development in conducting its administrative, commercial and social activities;
  • participate in local initiatives to improve the quality of the environmental;
  • implement this policy through a comprehensive plan with measurable goals and with monitoring and analysis of performance against the plan.

The City of Ecopura will adopt a bold, policy oriented programme to develop human resources and build up capacities to support the planning and implementation of environmentally sustainable development strategies throughout the city. The City has already given a commitment to environmental responsibility in the Local Agenda 21 and fully endorses the principles set out therein.

Inherent within our approach is a commitment to raise awareness of the effects of Ecourbia, and of human activity in general, on the environment. Hence Ecopura intends not only to be a leader in bridging the gap between the theory and practice of environmental management at the macro and micro levels, but also to lead in addressing environmental issues, in ensuring that personnel are fully aware of these issues and contribute to their resolution and in instilling environmental responsibility as an intrinsic feature of all its practices and procedures. Ecopura intends to provide the opportunity for all urban stakeholders in participating in developing sound environmental policy that will help us live sustainably.

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