Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. and City of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. have jointly declared the month of April 2012 as Sustainability Month in the city and county. This month marks the one year anniversary of the joint city and county Office of Sustainability. To quote the mayors, "the City of Memphis and Shelby County government together are taking steps to be a leader in green building standards, the development and implementation of alternative energy strategies and a wide range of recycling initiatives." We are very excited about the efforts by our local government. Many of the recent initiatives are described in more detail in a guest column that appeared recently in the Commercial Appeal. Check it out and maybe you'll find a way to get involved.