CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
City of Eugene
CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
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10/25/2006 9:28:08 AM
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Mr. Funk stated that the task force produced 22 recommendations with 11 of those directed to the City. He <br />reviewed the following City-specific recommendations: <br /> <br />1. Publicly commit to sustainable practices and to businesses that provide sustainable goods and <br />services. <br />2. Establish an Office of Sustainable Development within City government. <br />3. Establish a sustainability board or commission. <br />4. Adopt the goal of becoming “carbon neutral” by 2020 and create a plan to achieve it. <br />5. Use sustainable practices and purchase local sustainable goods and services. <br />6. Adopt sustainability criteria for all City decision-making. Begin with triple bottom line policy <br />analysis for City Council and sustainable purchasing policies. <br />7. Adopt a goal and develop a strategy to achieve zero waste. <br />8. Adopt sustainability indicators and a measurement system. <br />9. Expand education for City employees about triple bottom line sustainability. <br />10. Provide incentives and awards and remove barriers. <br />11. Form partnerships. <br /> <br />Mr. Rexius concluded that the SBI recommendations were an ambitious but achievable beginning; they were <br />a starting but not an ending point. He said sustainability was not the only economic development tool, but it <br />was one in which the City could participate and have an impact on the business community. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy also recognized Bob Doppelt, Sara Mazze, and Ray Neff of Research Innovations at the <br />University of Oregon who staffed the SBI project. She said a 50-member advisory committee was also <br />involved. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly applauded the broad participation and extensive amount of work that the SBI represented and <br />thanked all of those involved. He said it was some of the most important work that the community and the <br />council needed to be doing. He agreed that the City already implemented many sustainable practices and it <br />would take all elements in the community to make changes. He was pleased with the emphasis on education. <br />He felt that some of the task force recommendations were very specific and was prepared to support and <br />fight for all of them. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz echoed Mr. Kelly’s comments about the task force’s work. She appreciated the emphasis on a <br />business initiative. She said the City was providing leadership in use of sustainable practices and found the <br />recommendations very useful. She said liked the concept of a board or commission to steer the initiative and <br />provide oversight; her only concern was how to pay for some of the activities. <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon thanked task force members for their commitment to the issue and for outreach to her from <br />several members, which was helpful in preparing her for the meeting. She said she was a member of the <br />Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, which was also exploring the concept <br />of sustainability and how it related to business, and she appreciated the thoughtful discussions of that group. <br />She felt the recommendations from both groups were parallel and said that the Chamber group supported the <br />SBI recommendations. She urged local and small businesses to remain a part of the discussion as the SBI <br />effort moved forward because they provided a reality check on the realistic implementation of sustainability <br />practices. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council September 25, 2006 Page 4 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />
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