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Mr. Pryor echoed the remarks by other councilors. He said the report and recommendations were <br />impressive and reflective of values and principles the City hoped to put in place, but recognized the practical <br />aspects of what could realistically be accomplished. He recalled that when the council was working on its <br />vision the themes were people, place and prosperity and those were mirrored in the task force’s triple bottom <br />line. He said the key was maintaining balance among those three elements. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé also thanked all involved in the SBI effort. He said the City was doing a good job of leading by <br />example and thanked Mayor Piercy for her vision. He thought the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2020 <br />was great but was not certain to what extent the City could control its destiny in that respect with Interstate <br />5 running through it. He asked how achievement of that goal would be measured. Mr. Funk said the goal <br />was for the City, not those driving on Interstate 5. He felt the City, through a combination of purchasing <br />sustainable power and offsets could achieve that goal. City Manager Taylor said that Eugene was in a <br />coalition with other governmental entities to create baseline information and measure progress against that. <br /> <br />Mr. Doppelt explained that the City was quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from internal government <br />operations as well as the broader community and that Resource Innovations was attempting to quantify <br />greenhouse gas emissions from the broader Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area. He said the drivers on <br />Interstate 5 were not being included but agreed that transportation was the biggest issue. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor thanked Mayor Piercy for establishing the SBI and all those who worked on it for their efforts. <br />She hoped that some of the SBI task force members would be on whatever board or commission was <br />established for continuity reasons. She asked if the task force had discussed requiring sustainable practices <br />in situations where the City was providing subsidies or incentives. Mr. Rexius said that could be a subject <br />for future discussions. Mr. Doppelt commented that the task force had some discussion of regulation but <br />concluded that an incentive system to encourage sustainable practices was preferable. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor speculated about which boards or commissions could be phased out if a new one to address <br />sustainability was created. She suggested that perhaps the Police Commission had served its purpose and <br />could be phased out as well as the City’s participation in the Metro Partnership. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman thanked the task force for its work and appreciated the vision and values that were articulated <br />in the report. She was not certain that a perceptible difference in the status of global warming could be <br />made in 18 years with these SBI task force recommendations. She agreed that if the City was engaged in <br />economic development it should have a sustainability screen but was unclear if the task force’s recommen- <br />dation to continue with current practices and add incentives was to encompass all of the City’s economic <br />development strategies. Mr. Funk said that the recommendations were not intended to be in place of <br />anything the City was already engaged in; it was separate and in addition to current practices and the <br />purpose was to target the City’s efforts. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman said that while the initiative was strictly aimed at business, the objectives seemed to be <br />broader. She asked how the recommendations, given their breadth, cost, and objectives that might or might <br />not be achieved, compared with a strategy like subsidizing transit within the City of Eugene that was known <br />to be effective and had maximum benefit. She asked which would be the best cost/benefit investment for the <br />City. Mr. Funk said the task force realized that everything was related to sustainability, including <br />transportation, education, compact density and urban growth. He said the challenge was to focus on <br />something that the task force felt it could get a grasp on and business was chosen because with the City <br />functioning as a lever to move business toward sustainability, there was a powerful engine for change. He <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council September 25, 2006 Page 5 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />