Environment

  1. Help protect waterways with proper disposal of yardwaste and leaves this fall

    While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm drains. Read on...
  2. Council learns more about stormwater policies and practice

    Stormwater engineer Todd Wagner addressed City Council Tuesday to present information at the request of Council members, who had questions about the City’s stormwater management practices, particularly when it comes to approving new developments. Read on...
  3. City prepares to submit latest sewer overflow control plans to regulators

    The City's Environmental Services department presented its latest sewer overflow control program to City Council today. Read on...
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EarthA large portion of our local quality of life and economy relies on our environmental stewardship. The City is very proud of our community’s track record of environmental compliance and recognizes we must protect our environmental resources for future generations.

The City’s Sustainability Office offers educational and outreach programs about a variety of topics, including recycling for homes and businesses, air quality, composting and vermicomposting.

Springfield has been held up as a “model community” by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) The City, Greene County and City Utilities continued building an integrated plan framework that would allow a more holistic approach to the various unfunded environmental mandates that all communities are facing – wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, air quality and solid waste.

The plan also takes into account community affordability in a new, and in our opinion, more equitable way than state and federal regulators currently propose. The City proposed this integrated plan framework to both EPA and Missouri DNR. If crafted successfully, the framework could become a national model.