The Cass County Sustainability Committee (CCSC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer organization working to promote a sustainable community. Our mission is to promote a community that is sustainable – environmentally, socially, and economically – by serving as a local source of information and education and by sponsoring activities to encourage community participation. Check out our News & Articles page for information on upcoming events and articles on recycling, environmental impact, and sustainable activities.
What is Sustainability?
There are many ways to define sustainability. The simplest definition is: “A sustainable society is one that can persist over generations, one that is farseeing enough, flexible enough, and wise enough not to undermine either its physical or its social systems of support.” (Donella Meadows, Co-Author, Beyond the Limits)
The CCSC strives to increase community understanding and awareness about:
- what sustainability is
- choices we can each make that will contribute to sustainability
- the benefits of making choices based on their environmental, social, and economical effects.
The CCSC provides an opportunity for involvement by anyone interested in supporting our mission (students, residents, business owners, public officials, etc.) by working on any of a variety of sustainability issues such as energy efficiency, transportation, natural areas, locally and sustainably grown foods, low impact development, clean air and water, land use, and waste reduction.
What Are We Doing?
- developed and distributed educational materials to inform the community about the benefits of recycling and how to recycle in Cass County through our mobile recycling program
- worked to benefit water quality by constructing a school/community rain garden
- provided educational programs to the community about point source and non-point source water pollution.
- developed and distributed advertising messages to inform about expanded recycling opportunities in Cass County.
- successfully turned our mobile recycling effort to permanent bins, then expanded that program to include permanent locations open 24/7 in Cass County.
- aides the community in keeping Household Hazardous Wastes out of landfills by promoting recycling of those wastes and by providing volunteers for collection events in Cass County.
- works to insure the safe disposal of electronic items by sponsoring, promoting and providing volunteers for an annual Electronic-Waste collection event.
- promoted a sustainable community by sponsoring the Peculiar Farmers and Artisans Market for locally and sustainably produced foods and arts and crafts.
- planted and maintains a butterfly/pollinator garden in Belton’s Memorial Park.