Creating a Framework for Integrated Resource Management

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

The City of Heidelberg has long been a leader in environmental management and sustainable development. The 1997 City Development Plan,
created with social, economic and environmental considerations, is a strategy to take Heidelberg to 2010. Its environmental target area includes a call to establish an environmental budget. Environmental budgeting applies periodic financial budgeting processes, mechanisms and routines to
the management of natural resources. In Heidelberg, environmental budgeting has allowed the city to set targets, and then use resource
management processes to ensure that the targets are being met. Heidelberg has reduced municipal carbon dioxide emissions by 30% since 1993,
drinking water consumption by 12% since 1990, and residual waste by 49% since 1990. As part of the city’s overall development plan,
environmental budgeting shows the success of the cumulative and interactive effects the city’s initiatives have on natural resources in both the
short and long term, and links these environmental benefits to sustainable development.
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