J500 Media and the Environment

Congrats to Simran and Jeff! by shemme

Our very own Simran Sethi and Jeff Severin were recently appointed to the Climate Protection Task Force for the city of Lawrence. The 13 (or so?) member group will be responsible for drafting a Climate Protection Plan for the city by February 2009. The task force was established by city Resolution No. 6752.

The task force was proposed by the Sustainability Advisory Board out of the Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling department, of which Simran is also a board member.

This follows former Mayor Highberger’s initiative to make Lawrence a “Cool City” when he signed the Mayoral Agreement to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by at least 7% by 2012 back in March 2006. According to the Cool Cities website, our city is 4/5 of the way to becoming officially “cool.” Steps left to complete include adopting energy efficiency policies, green vehicle policies and renewable energy policies.

While we may be well on our way, the first step for the task force will be to compile data for the city’s green house gas emissions (GHG). Once a baseline has been established, we’ll be able to establish and measure the efficacy of a comprehensive GHG reduction program.

Our city is also one of 700 members of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability. The ICLEI helps Lawrence develop local sustainability campaigns and programs to raise awareness as well as other technical services and consultancy.

LJ World story here, note somewhat negative backlash in the comments under this story.

Wanna get involved in our city of Lawrence?
Check out the vacancies on City of Lawrence Boards and Commissions here. Cruise around www.lawrenceks.org to read agendas, minutes, find meeting times and more about the government where we live. Click on “Calendar” to see a comprehensive schedule of meeting times and locations; most are open to the public!

Congratulations to Simran and Jeff!

~Sarah H

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