New ‘green infrastructure guide’ for small utilities

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News


Cover of the Sustainable Infrastructure guideSustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide is a new book published by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the Western RCAP.   On the purpose of the guide, its introduction states: “Rather than presenting theories, this guidebook provides informational material, worksheets, examples, case studies and resources on water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy for small utilities.”   Written by RCAC staff members, this “green infrastructure guide” is a starting point for very small (fewer than 1,000 connections) to medium communities (up to 5,000 connections) to integrate and initiate green elements into their facilities and projects. It assists communities in identifying specific actions they can take as they make sustainable and long-term choices.   The guide was produced for utility decision makers, staff and community residents wanting to operate increasingly efficient small utility systems. Its 94 pages encompass three chapters on water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.   Download from the RCAC website (PDF; 2.33 MB).