Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today a successful first meeting of the City's newly created Sustainability Commission. The 11 member commission, whose mission is to help advise the Mayor on sustainability initiatives, met at 2 p.m. today in the Mayor's Conference Room.
"The Sustainability Commission acts as a steering body to ensure that our sustainability initiatives not only improve the environment, but also help us to operate more efficiently, save money, and improve services for citizens," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "With representatives from our City departments, those who will ultimately be responsible for implementing many of our green initiatives have a seat at the table. This is important to ensure that we continue and build upon the successes that we've made to date."
An internal sustainability committee has been meeting since February 2009. In additional to bi-monthly meetings, the committee membership also provides the Mayor's Office of Sustainability with a direct contact in each of the City's major departments.
City Council adopted legislation late last year to make the committee an official commission. Since then, the Mayor has made additions to the membership to include representation from City Council and the Department of Personnel. The commission will meet six times per year and focus in part on updating the City's Climate Action Plan.
Since adoption of the first Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan in August 2008, the City has completed or is currently implementing 18 of the 23 municipal recommendations. Examples include hiring a Sustainability Coordinator, completing an energy audit of the City-County Building, and installing more bike racks in business districts.
While the Sustainability Commission acts as a steering body overseeing internal City operations, the Mayor's Office of Sustainability also develops programs and tools to help citizens "go green." Three recent examples include a permanent "hard to recycle" collection container for alkaline batteries, ink/toner cartridges, and cell phones in the City-County Building lobby; the Mayor's Green Guide, a directory of resources provided by the City, non-profits, and community partners; and two successful free tree giveaways that distributed 2,000 seedlings over two days. This May, public works employees will continue their solar training and hot-solar water installations on City-owned buildings.
Sustainability Commission Members:
Monday, April 19, 2010
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