Reduce solid waste generated per capita 10% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 30% below 2015 levels by 2050.
Not on track
From 2015 to 2021, water and waste emissions increased 26%. The increase is partly driven by the growing amount of solid waste produced by the community – solid waste per capita increased almost 20% since 2015. Emissions from wastewater treatment including septic systems increased 4% from 2015-2021. The majority of wastewater emissions come from fugitive emissions from on-site septic systems.
Increase efficiency of water and wastewater infrastructure. Moving and treating water is typically one of the largest energy draws in buildings. Understanding where better efficiency is possible in municipal water and sewage treatment systems, and then making those improvements are actions that support this strategy.
Reduce landfill waste and consumption of carbon-intensive goods and services. When we turn on our faucets, buy goods that are manufactured across the globe, or take out the trash we are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Decreasing our carbon footprint requires us be more conscious about the negative impacts of our daily activities. Actions to support these strategies include providing education and technical assistance on how to reduce waste.