A group of
high school activists, developers, educators and local politicians formed a
consortium that’s just getting off the ground to think up ways to make
Evelyn Tolbert spearheaded the Sustainability Committee, which met for the
first time last year and presented its case to City Council in December.
talked about a variety of future actions, including pushing the city to adopt
incentives to encourage green builders and ways for local teens to educate
their younger peers about how to recycle and save energy.
just looking at global warming; those things are big on everyone’s horizon
now,” Councilman Steve Abercrombie said. “I hope this helps make future
development in our city more environmentally friendly, gets more people to
recycle and more people to carpool. You know, just that would be a push for all
these different ways to lessen our impact on the environment.”
committee’s first meeting late last year brought more than 30 participants,
mostly from local school districts, the city and nearby colleges. There were
also four or five developers.
recruited people from different walks of life to join the team, because it
would be less effective, she said, to single out one group to come up with
in this together, and we all have something to contribute, whether it’s
carpooling or constructing solar panels,” she said. “We have all got to do
something because we are all causing a problem.”
shopping center is an example of development the committee would push for,
is trying to be as green as possible,” he said. “So we’re working with them and
encouraging them to move in that direction.”
shift to a green city makes economic sense, too, Tolbert said.
these energy-saving technologies, recycling and other things included in green
development, it pays for itself,” she said. “It just makes sense to think about
heading in that direction.”
Tolbert suggested the committee think about are to place recycling bins in more
businesses and schools and to push for more residential solar panels.
group is all-volunteer, there should be no impact on the city budget, unless
the council approves a city staff member to act as adviser or liaison.
that Andrew Malik of the city’s Development and Engineering Department attend
the sustainability committee’s meetings, but Councilwoman Suzanne Tucker and
Abercrombie worried about giving the group an open-ended commitment of staff
time, which some members guessed would be about two hours a month.
Ives offered at the meeting to support the group with city resources once it
developed more focus and came up with specific plans to help
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