What are the requirements of the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge? Local governments are required to develop and implement a Quality of Life Plan. The Quality of Life Plan addresses continuous improvement and management of the community's environmental issues above and beyond regulatory compliance. The Plan consists of four components:
- mission statement;
- environmental activities and goals;
- implementation and operation procedures; and
- monitoring and reviewing the Plan's progress.
Indiana CLEAN Community designation lasts for three years. To participate, communities must form a public stakeholder group and establish a leader with authority to take action. Once established, the stakeholder group will accomplish the following requirements for recognition as an Indiana CLEAN Community [DOC]:
- Establish a mission statement that commits to compliance with requirements and voluntary commitments; pollution prevention; continuous environmental improvement; and sharing environmental decisions and performance information with the community; and
- Adopt the mission statement through an Executive Order, Resolution, or Ordinance.
Environmental Activities and Goals:
Implement the following activities and document each in the Quality of Life Plan:
- Assign clear roles and responsibility for stakeholders and local government personnel to implement, train, monitor, and maintain Quality of Life Plan procedures and goals;
- Identify the governmental operations to be included in the Plan;
- Identify and prioritize the environmental aspects associated with the operations and describe the prioritization process;
- Select five of the aspects to minimize their environmental impact;
- Record and update legal and regulatory requirements associated with the five selected aspects and ensure compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and permit conditions;
- Establish an objective and target for each of the five aspects;
- Develop and implement action plans to achieve each target;
- Develop measurement parameters to evaluate the achievement of each target;
Implementation and Operation Procedures:
Implement the following activities and document the procedures in the Quality of Life Plan:
- Establish a procedure to control Quality of Life Plan documentation;
- Ensure employees' environmental awareness and competence;
- Incorporate pollution prevention responsibilities into job descriptions and provide training to encourage employee participation in continual environmental improvement activities;
- Develop and implement a procedure for emergencies and corrective actions;
- Document corrective actions when deficiencies are discovered; and
- Establish procedures for internal and external communication regarding environmental issues and community concerns.
Monitoring and Progress Review:
Implement the following activities and document each procedure in the Quality of Life Plan:
- Develop and implement a procedure to review progress of the Plan and ensure continual improvement;
- Develop and implement an internal audit procedure and document audits performed;
- Develop and implement a procedure to document improvements and adjustments to the Quality of Life Plan;
- Submit an annual performance report to IDEM and the city or town via the mayor, town president, or town council.
Community and Business Outreach
A key component of the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge is tailoring environmental efforts to each community's needs and desires through outreach to local citizens and businesses. In order to ensure involvement from community and business members, local governments must demonstrate their community and business outreach commitment by implementing the following activities and documenting the procedures in the Quality of Life Plan:
- Develop and implement a procedure to inform the community and businesses of important issues related to the community's environmental performance; and
- Develop and implement a procedure to provide the community with progress toward achieving objectives and targets for each of the five activities or projects.