2022 Work Plan
The Sustainability Commission advises the Bloomington City Council, Bloomington City staff, and the Bloomington community on policies, practices, procedures and proposals that relate to the sustainable use and management of environmental resources that include air, water, energy, land and ecological resources, and waste. The Commission helps to ensure that such resources will be sustained and continue to provide for a high quality of life for present and future generations.
The Commission is appointed by and advisory to the City Council. Its duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Collaborate with the City staff to review, evaluate, develop and advise the City Council on policies and practices regarding sustainability and management of environmental resources.
- Engage with the Bloomington community and serve as a community liaison for issues, ideas and proposals while providing appropriate feedback.
- Serve as a resource for other Bloomington commissions, boards, committees and task forces on any issues related to sustainability.
Sustainability Commission meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Public Works West Conference Room. To find their agendas, webcasts, and documents, please see the City Meetings website.
Rules of Procedure
The Sustainability Commission shall have no more than eleven members appointed by the City Council, with staggered terms of up to three years, and with an opportunity for appointment for a maximum of six years.
Of these eleven members, the majority shall be technical experts in one or more of the areas of sustainability as stated in the scope. One seat shall be reserved for a City Council member.
Of the remaining members, efforts should be made to select members so that the diverse interests of the Bloomington community are represented including geographic diversity, education, student or youth, residents, businesses, faith-based and nongovernment organizations.
Adult Commissioners (8)
|Stephanie Auen||Stephanie Auen has a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University. She began her career working in solar energy at a Bloomington-based solar manufacturer. She later transitioned into the construction world where she now works exclusively on the planning and design of large-scale solar projects across the country. Through the Sustainability Commission, Stephanie aims to use her passion for environmentally-friendly living to help Bloomington be a leader in sustainable practices.|
Angie Begosh has a Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University, where she researched how land use affects pollinator communities. Her career includes work as an extension educator in Kentucky, Iowa, Idaho, and New Mexico focusing on natural resources and agriculture education, a salmon habitat restoration grants coordinator in Washington state, and a field technician and contract ecologist in Minnesota. Her volunteer work in Bloomington involves monitoring a bluebird trail, surveying invasive weeds for Three Rivers Park District, and starting prairie plant seeds for Dakota County parks. She is passionate about preserving and enhancing green space in Bloomington and making quality urban habitats accessible to everybody.
|David Drummond||Dave Drummond has a Ph.D. (Environmental Health) from the U of M School of Public Health. He performed the first campus-wide sustainability study for the UW-Madison including a facilities-based carbon footprint. He also served as their Director of Environment, Health and Safety. As a new member of the Commission, he is learning and participating in its activities and hopes to share his expertise where it will be helpful.|
|Tim Sandry||Tim Sandry has spent most of his career as project manager, manger, executive in the Information Technology space — primarily working with others to get things done on time and on budget to meet the “clients”. Tim utilizes those skills in his role as a Commissioner. In this case the client is the earth and its inhabitants (including us).|
Andy Scott grew up in Richfield and has been a Bloomington resident for 10 years. He has a degree in Design from MCAD and has been working as a landscape designer since 2017. He is the proprietor of a small landscape company that specializes in native plant communities, habitat gardening, pollinator-friendly practices and residential stormwater management. As an engaged member of the South Loop community Andy is passionate about continuing to improve Bloomington’s natural areas/resources by supporting efforts from the city and its residents.
|Beth Stegora||Beth Stegora received her Doctorate in the medical field from the University of Southern California. She is interested in the effects of climate change on the physical and mental health of humans and all living creatures. She joined the Sustainability Commission to help protect the precious natural resources that Bloomington has to offer so many generations to come may be able to experience clean air and water.|
|Sara Throndson||Sara Throndson has an academic background in soils, biology, and environmental studies. She has spent most of her professional career as an environmental consultant and project manager in the energy infrastructure industry specializing in biological field surveys and developing avoidance/mitigation plans for many rare species (especially bats)! Sara joined the Sustainability Commission to share her experience and enthusiasm for the environment. She looks forward to serving Bloomington residents to incorporate plans for management of environmental resources and clean energy.|
|Deanna White||Deanna White grew up in South Dakota. After earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science, she worked on political campaigns for several years before transitioning to the nonprofit world. Deanna spent eight years working for the Sierra Club and two years working with the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce before moving to the Twin Cities in 2008 to work for Clean Water Action, where she currently serves as State Director. After living in Sioux Falls, Las Vegas, and Washington DC, she has a broad perspective on community solutions to sustainability challenges. Deanna and her partner Rob share their Bloomington home with their two dogs and two cats.|
Young Adult Commissioners (2)
|Faith Drevlow||Faith is currently working at ERM as a Biologist/Sustainability Consultant, where she works to protect the environment from potential harm. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Geography. Additionally, she is an active member of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium’s Professional Development Committee, where she leads networking events and coordinates with other committees to help further professional development. She was a founding member of the Peabody Conservatory Environmentalist Club, creating a project that aimed to improve recycling at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory. Faith is passionate about sustainability and looks forward to making real changes in her community to fight climate change.|
City Council Liaison (1)
|Councilmember Dwayne Lowman||Dwayne Lowman was born and raised in Bloomington near Effa play lot. He and his wife Kellie enjoy camping up north and walking the parks and trials. Dwayne has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies, concentrating in Public Administration and Community Economic Development from Augsburg University. When reflecting on why he joined the Sustainability Commission he said: “There are many reasons why I am committed to Bloomington's long term ecological, social, and economic resilience. Chief among those many reasons has to be those voices that are marginalized or drowned out by obstacles seen and unseen. I trust that I will have the humility to pass on a better Bloomington than what I have found.”|
The commission’s staff liaison is Emma Struss.