Sustainability

The City of Springfield is committed to sustainable practices and policies striking a balance among protecting the natural resources of our region, ensuring our economic vitality and lifting the burden of poverty and neglect from present and future generations.

A Working Definition of Sustainability

Those practices and values that ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the same resources that we have enjoyed - it we don't take so much for our generation that we deprive the next generation of the quality of life we have so richly enjoyed.

Sustainability Division

The Sustainability division provides direction and assistance to the city organization through creating and implementing the city's Sustainability Plan and providing technical assistance to city departments. Working with community organizations and providing assistance to business and industry, the Sustainability Division assists the broader community in their journey towards the adoption of more sustainable practices. Ozarks GreenScore is one of the tools used to assist businesses and organizations in their efforts towards implementing sustainable practices and policies within their own organization. 

Communicating the city's activities and accomplishments serves to provide examples and encouragement to the community in their efforts. Accredited staff provides environmental/conservation education resources for both formal and non-formal youth education. 

This includes curriculum materials, study guides, on-site/classroom presentations, and program consultation. Trade-show style displays are utilized at major trade-shows, neighborhood events, and community celebrations. The Sustainability Division sponsors and/or participates in 150-200 such events a year. A speakers bureau is available for environmental/conservation presentations for all ages. The recycling hotline (417.864.1904) provides up to the minute information on local recycling opportunities and services, sometimes fielding as many as 5,000 calls a month. Printed materials are available at the Environmental Resource Center on a wide variety of topics.

The City's Multi-Faceted Role

Regulatory Authority - We have the responsibility and authority to enforce regulations.

Regulated Entity - We are responsible for mandatory environmental compliance.

Community Leader - Community has high expectations of our performance and commitment.

Innovator - Providing opportunities to test new ideas and techniques.

Resource - Providing accessibility to information, assistance.

And, we are a very large consumer.

A Big Footprint

  • 2100+ employees (including part, temporary, and FTE's.)
  • $300 million annual budget
  • 1800 tons of trash is generated per day
  • 40 million gallons of raw sewage a day, fed by 1200 miles of sewer pipes with 2800 manholes, treated at 2 wastewater treatment plants 
  • fleet of 800 vehicles (+600 pieces of powered equipment --lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc.)
  • 100 megawatts (MWD) of electricity produced per day from 3 coal-fired power plants.
  • Drinking water provided through 2 water treatment plants
  • 18.5 billion gallons of stormwater (runoff) to manage
  • 100 City-owned buildings, 2 lakes, 4 golf courses, a cemetery, an airport, and a zoo under city maintenance

The City's Commitment

The City of Springfield is committed to being a good steward of our natural resources and continues to take a leadership role in the protection of the natural environment of our region. This commitment can be seen with the creation of the new Department of Environmental Services.

  • Air Quality Section
  • Water Quality Section
  • Clean Water Services
  • Environmental Compliance Division
  • Solid Waste Management Division
  • Sustainability Division

Environmental Resource Center

Tangible evidence of the city's commitment to Sustainability is demonstrated through the establishment of the Environmental Resource Center. Housed in a LEED Gold building, the Center includes resource area, community meeting facility, and electric car charging station. The $1 million retrofit of a 1930's era building contains a number of unique environmentally responsible features. No tax money or general revenue was used in the construction; funding was secured via money generated through the voter approved Integrated Solid Waste Management System.