Sunday, June 9, 2013

Boise City Hall Sustainability Workshop Slated for June 12

Posted By on Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

As the city of Boise inches forward with a plan to set tangible benchmarks on sustainability—and perhaps going so far as to create a new city department of sustainability—officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ICF International, an energy and environmental policy consultant, will be taking over the City Council chambers this coming Wednesday, June 12, for a daylong sustainable design workshop, open to the public.

In the May 28 issue of Boise Weekly, we revealed that city officials had already begun meeting on sustainability, with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter saying, "Sustainability is part of our city's marrow. It's at the core of our efforts to make Boise the most livable city in the country."

"This is our sesquicentennial year and we're spending the year talking about our history. So, it's a perfect time to start talking about our future," Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean told BW. "I've already expressed my desire to see this start to move this summer and into this fall; by the end of this year, we can say, 'We had a great 150 years, but this is how we'll prepare for the next 150.'"

At the top of the June 12 workshop to-do list, sustainability experts are expected to evaluate city codes and land-use codes, and then offer tools and advice for sustainability best practices.

The daylong workshop is open the public, but a special public open house, slated for 5 p.m., is expected to present findings and recommendations from the day's previous session.

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