Dutchess County has developed a reputation as a leader, whether in economic development, senior citizen initiatives or a host of other programs. That is what we want to do here with the “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. We want to have vision and strategy to implement real change.”
"Protecting our character of breathtaking beauty, incredible rolling hills, spectacular farmland, and the majesty of the Hudson River must be a number one priority for every resident and business."
Find out how we, as a county and as citizens, are thinking and caring for the environment that sustains us; and find out how you, as a resident or business of Dutchess County, can think and behave green.
The first effort is to look internally and specifically at County government facilities, activities and actions through the Green Internal work Group. This group prepares a GREEN/sustainability plan for the County which includes both specific recommendations for internal County actions and a process for the group to work with each County agency to identify opportunities to implement changes using the GREEN principles.
Using the GREEN Operating Principles, the GREEN Group's activities specifically focus on:
The second track is to foster a process and dialogue with the County community at large through the oversight of an external work group which will review issues and make recommendations for practices involving actions by individuals, governments and entities outside of County control.
The County Executive establishes an External Work Group including representatives from the private sector to advise the County on how to make all sectors of the County more sustainable. The External Work Group reports to the County Executive on:
The Sustainability Plan addresses the following internal and external areas of County/Community actions and policy: