Sustainability Initiatives of the United States
Historically, industrialization and land development were viewed as the engines of prosperity with little, to no regard for impacts to our environment. The 1960’s ushered in a counterculture movement that challenged social norms, including the way business was conducted. The movement spawned an environmental revolution first embodied in law by Congress with the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970. “Earth Day” celebrations began Nationally and in many States and waves of laws targeted towards protecting our air, water, and natural resources were put in place. At this point, nearly 50 years since the first Earth Day, our society has evolved to embrace a far more eco-friendly lifestyle. We now live in an age of eco-consciousness where business, government and the general population seek to live sustainably. To highlight some of the nation’s best examples of eco-friendly practices, here are some of the most noteworthy sustainability efforts in the United States.
Farming Wind in Texas
The Lone Star State is not alone in their pursuit for clean energy – however, they’re leading the charge in harnessing the power of wind. By literally “farming sustainability,” Texas has invested in wind energy to support and achieve their goal towards green sustainability. Corpus Christi is home to the first on-location wind farm. The state is already leading the country in wind power provision, but the 11 turbines that scrape the sky make the location truly one-of-a-kind. The hub is located on Texas A&M’s Corpus Christi campus and is exclusively the only “wind farm” in the United States. Producing over 20,000 megawatts of purely green energy in 2017, Texas can proudly call itself the nation’s top wind provider.
The City of Eco-Friendly Love
Sustainability efforts don’t always have to be in the form of renewable energy. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a perfect example. The mayor of Philadelphia has taken the idea of clean energy and transformed it into ongoing public engagements to promote sustainability. This comprehensive “green-goal” was set forth and put into action around five years ago – and Philly locals have definitely made incredible progress. The mayor sought to improve the city with “five-E’s” – Engagement, Environment, Energy, Equity and the Economy. To date, the city has increased recycling options with focus on expanding the list of plastics that can be recycled. They’ve also started waste drop-off centers and are phasing out the use of landfills entirely. Through continual engagement with Philly’s citizens, the city has come together to plant nearly 90,000 trees and updated almost 6,000 homes with energy efficient insulation and airtight sealing.
Long Beach’s Push for Solar Energy
Aside from the wind energy mentioned earlier, the United States also proudly hosts groundbreaking advancements in solar energy. For this sustainability effort, we’ll have to make our way to the west coast in the grand state of California. With centralized focus at the Long Beach Convention Center and Long Beach Airport, the Golden State is truly employing the free service from the golden rays of our sun. Out of the nation’s 50 states, California is the top – and most successful – user of solar power energy. Solar installations have been installed atop and surrounding these public structures and generate nearly one million kilowatt-hours of energy. Entirely pollution free, California is proving how golden clean energy really is.
Mandatory Recycling in New Jersey
Thirty-one years ago, New Jersey became the first State in the Nation to adopt mandatory recycling. Today, New Jersey has achieved a 63% total waste stream recycling rate compared to the National average of 34%. The State remains a National leader in recycling and no better example of diverse operations can be found than with the Bayshore Family of Companies. Located right on the Raritan River in Woodbridge, New Jersey, Bayshore has been contributing significant environmental benefits through its six distinct, but related facilities. By avoiding landfill disposal entirely, Bayshore and its six subsidiary recycling operations have mastered the solution to efficient management of the state’s waste. Through protecting the environment and encouraging long-term sustainability through maximized recycling, Bayshore has proven to be a top provider of a comprehensive solution to a greener-planet. If you’d like to learn more about our 100% green energy goals on or learn about our all-inclusive waste removal and recycling services, please contact Bayshore today.