SOCIO-ECONOMIC HEALTH

Local Clean & Green Business Support

The SMART business recognition program.

Spokane Regional Solid Waste System’s FREE Business Waste Reduction Assessments

CLEEN NW (Consortium of Leading Energy Efficiency Northwest Companies)

Collaboration to Identify & Address Risks

Brownfields 

The City of Spokane Business and Development Services has information on Brownfield development in the city

Coordination of Aquifer Protection

                     · Aquifer Protection Council

Regional agencies and governments participate in the Aquifer Protection Council to coordinate and to exchange information concerning protection of the Aquifer.

                     · Spokane Aquifer Joint Board 

Most area water purveyors taking water from the Spokane Aquifer, including the City of Spokane, coordinate wellhead protection efforts through the SAJB.  This includes education, business and residential dangerous waste assistance, and potential contaminant source identification.

Coeur d’Alene Basin Mining Waste Cleanup

Washington State participates in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin Environmental Restoration Commission, the Commission’s Technical Leadership Group, and the Citizens Coordinating Council.

Coordination of Emergency Preparedness

City and County Emergency Management.

The Spokane County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The City of Spokane’s Floodplain Management

Red Cross in Spokane

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force

Cooperative Pilot Projects

Federal & State Initiatives

Enviro Stars

Check out City of Spokane and Spokane County Historic Preservation.   The Washington State Department of Archeology and Historical Preservation states that historic preservation and sustainability are natural partners.  Preservation and reuse of historic buildings reduces resource and material consumption, puts less waste in landfills and consumes less energy than demolishing buildings and constructing new ones.   Here is a report on the economic impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit.

Innovate Washington (formerly SIRTI)

Washington State Employment Security Department Labor Market and Economic Analysis sent The Green Jobs Survey, received in December 2011. The survey is conducted to determine the number of jobs that directly support environmental protection and clean energy. Firms surveyed produce any goods or provide services that support any of the following four core areas and goals: Increasing energy efficiency, producing renewable energy, preventing and reducing environmental pollution, and providing mitigation or cleanup of environmental pollution.  Deborah Bisenius, Environmental Analyst, completed the survey with the help of staff from Human Resources and Civil Service departments.

Neighborhood Planning

Neighborhood services

Research, Development, & Investment

Business Development and Energy Marketing Plan for the waste to energy facility and recycled materials opportunities.