CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
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CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
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10/25/2006 9:28:08 AM
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<br />City Manager Taylor suggested that the recruitment be closed on a date that would allow candidates for <br />other boards and commissions who were not selected to apply for the Budget Committee. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly said that the schedule should allow for appointment of Budget Committee members before the <br />new year. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy thanked Mr. Peters for his long and varied service to the community. <br /> <br /> <br />B. WORKSHOP: Presentation of Report from Sustainable Business Initiative <br /> <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor said that global temperatures were dangerously close to the highest ever estimated to <br />have occurred in the past one million years and at last month’s International City/County Management <br />Association meeting sustainability was the most important and well-attended track. He invited Rusty Rexius <br />and Dave Funk, co-chairs of the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) Task Force, to present the task force’s <br />report and recommendations. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy introduced Mr. Rexius and Mr. Funk, as well as other members of the task force who were <br />present and thanked them all for their efforts. She reminded the council she had charged the task force to <br />respond to the following issues: <br /> <br />? <br /> <br />How can the City help support businesses that produce sustainable products? <br />? <br /> <br />How can the City help and encourage every business to take on more sustainable practices? <br />? <br /> <br />How can we better educate the entire community about sustainability? <br /> <br />Mr. Rexius and Mr. Funk used a PowerPoint presentation to provide an overview of the task force’s <br />thinking and recommendations. <br /> <br />Mr. Rexius said the task force was composed of a diverse group of people who eventually agreed unani- <br />mously on a set of recommendations. He stressed that SBI was a sustainable business initiative, not a <br />sustainability initiative, and asked the council to keep the backdrop of business in mind as the recommenda- <br />tions were presented. He said that SBI was an economic development initiative and the task force <br />considered three issues as it developed its recommendations: <br /> <br />? <br /> How the City could help existing businesses understand and apply sustainable business practices <br />? <br /> How to encourage those businesses already in the field of sustainability and make them more suc- <br />cessful and competitive <br />? <br /> How to attract sustainable businesses to Eugene by creating an environment that encouraged and <br />motivated those business to locate here <br /> <br />Mr. Rexius said the vision was for Eugene to be one of the most sustainable mid-sized communities in the <br />nation by 2020, with a thriving economy based on triple bottom line sustainability: economic, social, and <br />environmental. He reviewed the City’s existing sustainability practices that would help lead the way for <br />businesses. He noted that the task force’s recommendations were not extremely specific or detailed but <br />rather addressed establishing the goals and infrastructure for long-term success. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council September 25, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />
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