Holland City Council Work Session Sustainability Committee Framework Presentation September 25, 2013 5:50 pm Presented by Diane Haworth and Paul Lilly
A Brief History of the Committee September 2008 Request from Council For Mayor McGeehan To work with other and Develop proposal for a Community Sustainability Committee
Council motion to form Original Committee A Holland Community Members develop Sustainability Committee Bylaws & Procedures That would consider and advise Council and BPW on issues related to sustainability Sunset provision Dec 31, 2010
December, 2011 Committee send Community Energy Plan to Council with recommendations. Subsequent formation of Steering Committee and Task teams to peruse critical elements of findings. Committee begins focus on broader sustainability approach. Creates task team to formulate.
January 23, 2013 Presentation to study session about changes in Committee authorization and need to establish a Statement of and Framework of Sustainability to support further work by the Committee.
Committee authorized to Continue operations until March 2013
February 6, 2013 Council motion to remove sunset date from Committee and affirmed membership mix and operational support. Extended members terms to not more than three two year terms.
Why does Holland want to have a Sustainability Committee Document
Sustainability within a City Structure could look like this
We are proposing a process not at plan There needs to be a continuing cycle to explore and improve
If we utilize a framework we can look across the elements that make up a Sustainable City and communicate results
This effort needs clear statement of City’s perspective of Sustainability Our proposed statement of Sustainability: The Holland community is a caring and thoughtful group of people that care about the natural, economic and human environments. The relationships of people to one another and their community are strong and based in the historical faith and family traditions. It is the desire of the City Governance to embrace and support sustainable practices in all aspects of the city operations and community actions. We will approach sustainability with a triple bottom line evaluation approach. Social, environmental and economic evaluations should be used to review ideas and direct decision making. While we will begin with the activities within the city we recognize that true sustainability must be a regional, multi governmental, and broad social and economic activity.
Sustainability Framework Our Approach
• Develop conceptual objectives – what and who • Review other sustainability efforts – Benchmarked: – Grand Rapids – Dubuque, IA – Franklin, TN – ICLEI Star Program
City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Plan
• List all elements from benchmark programs • Group similar elements to determine common themes
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
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Waste Reduction Water & Stormwater Urban Nature Urban Design Public Education Alternative Fuel and Energy Transportation Energy Environmental Health
Our Approach • Identify major relevant categories • Develop descriptions for categories • Identify Holland Departments with related role to help drive these efforts
• Identify other contributors from the community to participate
Need a framework to help structure future work 1
• Fit with other efforts – State and County Dashboard – West Michigan Strategic Alliance – United Way Assessments • Develop material to help with educational role – City Council – BPW – Citizens and other groups
Sustainability Framework Quality of Life
Environmental Awareness / Action
Community & Neighborhood
Quality of Life Ultimately, it is the feelings and state of mind of individuals in the collective that make up a community’s quality of life. The community through governmental, religious, business and social organization make decisions and support actions that contribute to the community’s wellbeing.
Quality of Life Healthcare / Wellness/ Family Support (4,5) Community of Choice (5,3 others?) Access to healthcare Affordable living Access to culture Access to education Leisure & Cultural Services (3) Safety & Security (1,2,5)
(1) Parks & Recreation (2) Public Safety (3) Leisure & Cultural Services Recreation (4) ) Public Health Departments (5) Hospital Boards
Metrics Quality of Life Dollars for sustainability projects Dollars for community foundation Access to cultural events (number of people attending) Physical health metrics using Mi Ottawa and state info )
Environmental Awareness / Action The natural and built environments interact with one another over time with intended and unintended consequences. Educating the public on environmental protection and integrating these ideas in our city planning can change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future state.
Environmental Awareness / Action Enhance and promote Natural systems / natural diversity/urban nature Improve surface water quality Storm water management Improvement of air quality Promote Water Conservation
(1, 2, 3, 6,&) (1, 2, 3, 6,&) (4, 5,&) (4, &)
(1)Parks and Cemetery’s (2) Streets (3)Engineering Continuous (4) BPW (5) Transportation (6) MAC (&) DEQ, County Board
Metris for Environmental Awareness / Action: Biodiversity (number of discrete tree species in urban forest, number of trees planted, percent of natural/native landscaping, annual bird count??, ) Storm water damage events and severity Percent of green space Surface water quality (defined as??) % of area Tree Canopy Reduce Potable water use (this is a goal not a metric)
Smart Energy Our way of living requires a stream of energy to operate personal and infrastructure devices. We know that energy is produced with scarce resources and the byproducts impact our environment. We need to use both conservation and efficiency measures to manage the resources we have to provide access to reliable and cost effective energy.
Smart Energy Sustainable energy (ie.geothermal) Renewable energy Energy efficiency (including code and green building) Energy Conservation Base load energy management
(1) (1, 5) (1,2, 6) (1, 2, 3, 4) (1)
(1) BPW (2) Engineering (3) Semco (4) Community & Leisure (5) Private Energy generation (6) Code Enforcement
Reduction in total energy use Percentage operated under smart grid Percent renewable energy Energy as a percent of GDP ( electricity and natural gas)
Economic Development The business community is the driving engine within the area. While it is dependent on the community resources and structure for support, it generates capital essential to growth and development. We want to be a location of choice for new business and industry. .
Economic Development Maintain economic sustainability and promote Economic Prosperity
Balanced land redevelopment / revitalization of brown fields Commerce Regional economy (shared infrastructure) (3,1,5,7)
Metris for Economic Development Dollars generated in local economy Local jobs created
(1) MACC (2) Economic Development (3) West MI Strategic Alliance (4) Holland Chamber of (5) Lakeshore Advantage (6) Downtown Devel Auth. (7) BPW
Transportation The movement of people, goods, and services within the area is an evolving process. We interact with other regional, national and international elements to create a total network.
Alternative Transportation – greener vehicles/modes, bike paths Transportation and mobility (planning & design)
Metrics for Transportation:
MACC MAX Road Commission MDOT Transportation Services
Community & Neighborhood The fiber of our lives can be traced to the places we live and the individuals we interact with on a daily basis. The places we live support the development of our personalities and perspectives on life. Communities at all scales have a vital role to play. Encouraging vital and effective communities is an important element.
Community & Neighborhood Permits & Inspection Planning, Design & Zoning that promote sustainable community Smart resource use through recycling, reduction, minimization and reuse Promote reduction of all recognized forms of Pollution and Waste Reduction (ie. Light, noise, visual and sensory pollution) Metric for Community & Neighborhood: Percent of waste recycled Cost savings/avoidance from pollution (or waste) reduction Volume of landfill use Volume of hazardous waste
Planning (code enforcement) Planning Community & Neighborhood Holland Recycles Neighborhood Groups
Community Knowledge The collective knowledge of the community is an incredible resource. The ability to tap into this intelligence is essential for continued growth. In both formal and informal channels the community knowledge and energy must be channeled to where it is needed.
Community Knowledge Employment and Workforce Training Pre K – 12 Curriculum Lifelong Education Higher Education Community and Individual Empowerment Community Collaboration and Information dissemination and access
Metrics for Community Knowledge: 3 grade reading levels Hours of Higher Education Hours of Community College Hours of Adult Education
Local School Boards Colleges ( Hope, GVSU, Davenport, etal) Adult Education Holland / Zeeland Community Foundation Mi Works Library Public Museum Churches Adult Education Opportunities
Environmental Awareness / Action Community & Neighborhood
Quality of Life
New PARK Community Knowledge
Next Steps Ask for support • 1. Support to develop a resolution for Council to approve at a October Council Session the Sustainability Statement or some mutually agreed upon statement. • 2. Demonstrate support for the Holland Community Sustainability Committee, SusCom, proposed Framework by authorizing the Committee to explore its application to City & BPW operations through conversations with staff and leadership. In doing so develop educational materials for use within
City, BPW citizens and other organizations. • 3. Set a 6 month progress reporting expectation from the Committee.