Have You Thought About Your Earth Today?
by Alan D. Kromanaker, CLP
In 1992, the IPRA Environmental Committee wrote its Model Environmental Policy. The policy laid the framework for agencies to develop their own environmental policies to aid in the conservation of the facilities for which we care. It is the purpose of this article to acquaint you with the IPRA Model Environmental Policy, or to reacquaint you with it if you haven't reviewed it recently.
To meet this end, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association has developed this Model Environmental Policy to be used by park and recreation agencies as a tool when considering their own commitment to the environment. This model is intended to guide the development of agency-specific environmental policies that reflect the environmental concerns, political realities, funding and natural resources of individual committees.
The environmental policy is categorized into six different areas. These are:
The policy further breaks down each area of interest by listing specific actions. These actions can be undertaken for helping to achieve a successful environmental policy within your agency. The Environmental Committee feels very strongly about the preservation and conservation of our natural resources. We urge you to read the IPRA Model Environmental Policy and encourage you to take the lead in your agency, and your community, to develop your environmental policy.
If you need a copy of the IPRA Model Environmental Policy, it can be purchased from the IPRA office by writing or calling the staff. Also, the Environmental Committee is always interested in hearing from the membership about environmental issues and topics. Please contact the committee through the IPRA office.
Alan D. Kromanaker, CLP, is co-chair of the IPRA Environmental Committee. He is the Outdoor Education Director at Hoover Outdoor Education Center in Yorkville, Illinois. •
44 • Illinois Parks & Recreation • March/April 1995