RESOLUTION NUMBER _______________ (CCS)

(City Council Series)

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA

TO JOIN GREEN CITIES CALIFORNIA AND TAKE ACTION TO ACCELERATE LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY

 

WHEREAS, the cities of Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and the County of Marin represent over 8 million residents of the State of California, along with their associated environmental impacts and responsibilities; and

 

WHEREAS, we recognize that for the first time in history the majority of the planet’s population now lives in cities, and that continued urbanization creates a new set of environmental challenges and opportunities; and

 

WHEREAS, we recognize that local environmental problems including air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, traffic congestion, and the ubiquity of toxic chemicals in the environment contribute to significant public health impacts in our cities; and

 

WHEREAS, we recognize that current global environmental challenges related to the over-consumption of natural resources, climate change, peak oil, availability of clean fresh water, food security, and environmental justice put our cities and our residents at serious risk and require immediate action at all levels; and

WHEREAS, we have individually expressed our commitments through the adoption of: local sustainability plans, the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, we have individually developed visions for a sustainable future and have demonstrated leadership in achieving effective solutions to these environmental challenges; and

 

WHEREAS, through our actions the City of Santa Monica has:

·        Significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions

·        Significantly reduced the amount of solid waste entering landfills

·        Significantly reduced the amounts of hazardous and toxic materials entering the environment

·        Significantly reduced water use

·        Improved water quality

·        Improved air quality

·        Improved quality of life for our residents

Through the adoption and implementation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan

 

NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF SANTA MONICA DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS: The City of Santa Monica joins with the Cities of Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara and the County of Marin to create Green Cities California, to cooperatively and collectively take action to accelerate local, regional, national and international efforts to achieve sustainability.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that by adopting this Resolution the City of Santa Monica commits to:

 

  1. Work together with other Green Cities California members to influence State and National policy to promote:
    • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
    • Extended Producer Responsibility
    • Sustainable Land Use, Building and Development
    • Waste Reduction
    • Water Conservation
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    • Reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled and Single Occupancy Vehicles
    • Equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens

and to secure State and Federal funding to enhance the ability of local governments to accomplish these goals.

 

  1. Assist other local governments throughout the state and the nation to adopt and implement sustainable policies and practices

 

  1. Work to achieve the initial actions listed below for municipal operations:

 

    • Purchase of “100% post-consumer recycled” paper for all City operations
    • Elimination of the purchase of bottled water for City operations and City sponsored events
    • Develop and adopt:

·        A campaign for the municipal purchase of local California foods

·        A carbon offset plan for municipal air travel

·        Fuel efficiency standards for municipal vehicle fleets

 

 

The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Resolution, and henceforth and thereafter the same shall be in force and effect.

 

 

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

 

   

MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE

City Attorney