Goal PFS-2: Operate and function in a sustainable manner, use public revenues and resources efficiently, and provide professional, high-quality service to residents and businesses.
The City of Hayward manages and operates a variety of public and community services throughout the city. The City is facing increased pressure to deliver services with fewer resources and less money. At the same time, there are greater expectations for the City to operate and manage facilities in a sustainable manner by reducing energy and water consumption and the generation of waste. Policies in this section provide for high-quality and efficient services throughout the city. The City will encourage sustainability in municipal operations and facilities. Utility policies will improve the capacity and energy efficiency of the City’s infrastructure.
The City shall continue to offer professional, high-quality service that meets the needs of residents and businesses.
The City shall continue to function efficiently in all its operations and activities and use revenues in a cost effective manner.
The City shall serve as a role model to businesses and institutions regarding purchasing decisions that minimize the generation of waste, recycling programs that reduce waste, energy efficiency and conservation practices that reduce water, electricity and natural gas use, and fleet operations that reduce gasoline consumption.
When awarding contracts, professional service agreements, or grants to businesses or non-profit agencies, the City shall request proposals or applications to include information about the sustainability practices of the organization.
The City shall, wherever possible, require the use of alternative fuels in new services provided by City franchisees.
When making decisions about where to rent or build new City facilities, the City shall give preference to locations that are accessible to an existing public transit line or ensure that public transit links (e.g. bus lines) are extended to the new locations.
The City shall continue to improve energy efficiency of City buildings and infrastructure through implementation of the Municipal Green Ordinance, efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades, and installation of clean, renewable energy systems.
The City shall continue to use communications technology to enhance the performance of internal City operations and the delivery of public services.
The City shall continue to maintain and implement its financial plan, which provides a plan for City goal setting in the budget process in implementing its policies, priorities, and programs.