In the pillar of Our Community, Forward Wayne County focuses on Environment. The area of Environment includes community needs such as Recycling, Physical Amenities, and Alternative Transportation. Long-term, the goal of Forward Wayne County is to address the area’s protracted population decline, below average wealth and income levels, higher than average poverty rates, and low levels of educational attainment. In order to realize positive movement in these areas, Forward Wayne County places importance the health and sustainability of our living spaces.
Environmentally-friendly communities are vibrant, thriving communities. We are making strides to reduce our dependency on cars – even in our rural communities where we are constructing bike lanes through our downtown regions. We are also working to promote recycling and support our local companies dedicated to reducing plastic waste, like DAK Americas.
Leveraging current community assets and natural amenities in addition to building out existing physical amenities are all important for developing Wayne County sustainability.