What is sustainability?

Sustainability is commonly referred to as the "Triple Bottom Line" approach–considering the environmental, social, and financial components of a community, organization, or business. When using sustainability as a foundational planning tool, it ensures equity among the environment, society, and economy. These three elements drive sustainability in the City's long-term planning and decision-making, ensuring that sustainability is thoughtfully programmed into each municipal function.

There is much that you can do as residents and business owners to embrace sustainability measures into your everyday practices, from recycling to planned natural landscaping, or water conservation to solar energy generation. Interested in learning more? Check out the resources below, or contact

Ferndale Community Garden



Learn about water efficiency management and implementing stormwater solutions


Understand energy-saving methods to increase energy efficiency

Sustainability Initiatives

Learn about the steps the City has taken toward climate resiliency

Zero Waste

Find out ways to integrate zero waste practices into your waste removal process

Garbage, Recycling, and Waste Removal

Learn about how to properly dispose of garbage, recycling, and other waste materials

Compost Drop-Off Program

Learn more about the City's new Compost Drop-Off Program

Downtown Waste Management

Find information and resources about waste and recycling for downtown businesses

Community Forestry Program

Help maintain a healthy and robust urban tree canopy throughout the City

Planned Natural Landscaping

Integrate native plants into landscaping to reduce stormwater runoff and support pollinators

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