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Sustainability Commission

    Purpose

    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.

    Scope

    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 second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Public Works Training Room. To find their agendas, webcasts, and documents, please see the City Meetings website.

    Members

    The Sustainability Commission shall have no more than nine 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.

    Commission members stand outside the Public Works building in front of native plants. Sustainability Commission members: Rob Bouta, Claire Carlson, Paul Erdmann, Steve Flagg, John Jaimez, Dwayne Lowmann, Bob Reid, Tim Sandry, Joe Strommen, and Deanna White (not pictured).

    Of these nine 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.

    Staff liaison

    The commission’s staff liaison is Bloomington's Deputy Director of Public Works, Mary Hurliman