City Council Meeting: November 27, 2007
Agenda Item: 1-J
To: Mayor and City Council
From: Craig Perkins, Director -
By adopting the Green Cities
California Sustainability Resolution the City of
1) influence state and federal policy to promote sustainability and promote funding of local sustainability initiatives;
other local governments throughout
3) adopt and implement several specific initiatives within City operations to promote sustainability.
All of these commitments are consistent with existing City Council adopted policy and most of the commitments have already been fulfilled or are currently being pursued by the City. It is anticipated that participation in the Green Cities California would benefit Santa Monica 1) through the assistance from other member cities in development of sustainability programs and policies, 2) through the adoption of state and federal legislation consistent with existing city policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality and community quality of life, and 3) through increased access to funds for local sustainability projects from various government agencies and foundations. The financial impacts of adopting this resolution involve a voluntary contribution of $5000 to help establish the Green Cities California organization and to fund initial outreach efforts. Funds in this amount are currently available in the Environmental Programs Division FY 2007-08 budget.
In May 2007 Environmental Programs Division
staff participated in a meeting with representatives from
At a follow-up meeting held in Santa Monica in October 2007 the group met to further discuss ideas and plans for working together, and to prepare a draft a resolution announcing the formation of Green Cities California which outlines the commitments of involved in becoming a member of the group. The final draft resolution is attached to this staff report.
By signing the Green Cities California Sustainability Resolution,
the City of
and to secure State and Federal funding to enhance the ability of local governments to accomplish these goals.
campaign for the municipal purchase of local
· A carbon offset plan for municipal air travel
· Fuel efficiency standards for municipal vehicle fleets
Commitments 1 and 2: These commitments are fully consistent with current City policy as detailed in the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan (SCP) which was originally adopted by Council in September 1994, with updated versions adopted in February 2003 and October 2006. Committing to these actions will not require any financial commitment or additional staff resources, and would likely result in long term benefits to the City, including possible State and Federal funding for sustainability projects in Santa Monica. Since the adoption of the SCP the City has been working both on its own and with other local government agencies to influence State and National policy to promote sustainability, and has been assisting other local governments throughout the country with the development, adoption and implementation of sustainability initiatives.
Commitment 3: This commitment involves the completion
of five specific actions within
The City has already completed Action 1 regarding the purchase of recycled paper. The City’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy has specified the purchase of 100% post-consumer recycled paper for all City operations since 2004.
The City does not have a policy in place regarding the purchase of bottled water for use within the City or for City sponsored functions. The purpose of adopting such a policy would be to reduce the environmental impacts related to bottled water including greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation of the water and the waste and litter associated with single use water bottles. Completion of this action would require development and adoption of an administrative policy at the staff level and implementation would likely result in long term cost savings to the City through the elimination of the purchase of delivered bottled water and avoidance of the premium costs for individual single use water bottles.
Actions 3 – 5 require the development and adoption of programs and policies regarding the municipal purchase of local California foods, a carbon offset plan for municipal air travel (which would require the City to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel of its employees and elected officials through the purchase of carbon credits, or through local actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions), and fuel efficiency standards for municipal vehicle fleets. Details of these programs and policies will be developed in cooperation with other Green Cities California members over the coming year. Each of these programs is consistent with current City policy and could be completed administratively at the staff level. In the event that any of the policies were to require significant budgetary expenses to implement staff will return to City Council for approval prior to implementation.