Natural Resources

Enforced source reduction and recycling for business and industrial

Mandate a percentage of source reduction and recycling for all industrial and commercial businesses; reward those who demonstrate increased activity in both and fine those who do not. The savings (and benefits) of forcing "green" behavior of corporations in Washington State had long-reaching ramifications that include reduction of production costs, disposal costs, as well as benefiting all aspects of the local environment. ...more »

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Reward those who recycle regularly (property tax credit)

Reward recycling by citizens with a corresponding reduction or credit in tax (property). It is simple enough to request receipts for recycling pickup (by weight) and to collect and turn these in each year for a credit to property tax. Considering the amount of municipal waste generated by citizens, this would go a long way toward not only reducing long-term waste management and disposal needs (and funding!) but contribute ...more »

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Green Roofs Everywhere!

Every government building should have a green roof - this will not only be a beautification project, but can also significantly cut down on energy usage. From the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof) entry: -Reduce heating (by adding mass and thermal resistance value) -Reduce heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions. -Reduce cooling (by evaporative cooling) loads on a building by fifty to ...more »

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Student Achievement

Computers for Students, Textbooks for Recycling

Drop textbooks completely from K thru college. Give every child their own laptop, like the laptops from One Laptop Per Child (http://laptop.org) and use cloud computing & the internet. They could be Ipads, laptops, netbooks - anything that they can access the internest with. Set up a partnership with ereader companies (eg Amazon, B&N etc) so that any textbooks needed can be accessed in e-format. Every 3 years, the ...more »

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