What Is a Best Practice?
BusinessDirectory.com defines a Best Practice as
“A method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.”
Another source* notes that
“A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result. A commitment to using the best practices in any field is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one's disposal to ensure success. A best practice tends to spread throughout a field or industry after a success has been demonstrated. According to the American Productivity & Quality Center, the three main barriers to adoption of a best practice are a lack of knowledge about current best practices, a lack of motivation to make changes involved in their adoption, and a lack of knowledge and skills required to do so.”
Green Cities California is committed to assisting local governments in using the best practices available in the arena of sustainability policies and programs, which is the primary focus of our website. By providing easily accessible Best Practices that are already in use in other jurisdictions, we are hopeful that these practices will spread quickly to other local governments in California, the U.S. and the world.
We invite you to get started today by visiting the numerous sustainability related Best Practices on this site. Good luck!
Last updated April 19, 2012
GCC policies have resulted in...
- Conversion of over 665 million sheets of paper to 100% recycled content each year, which saves:
- 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions
- Almost 80,000 trees
- More than 23 million gallons of water
- More than 6,600 barrels of oil
- 1,633,302 plastic water bottles from being landfilled, which saves:
- GCC member cities over