On Monday, February 12, the City Council approved the Sustainability Commission’s Work Plan for 2018.
Partners in Energy
The City of Bloomington is collaborating with Xcel Energy to promote efficient electricity use in our community through the Partners in Energy (PIE) program. Action team members include a cross-section of local residents, faith-based organizations, businesses, education, and city operations. These representatives come from Donaldson, HealthPartners, Mall of America, Normandale Community College, Bloomington School District, OATI, Quality Bike Products, and the 494 Corridor Initiative, along with Bloomington residents and members of the Sustainability Commission. This two-year initiative will develop a community action plan for reduced electricity consumption, as well as provide tools and resources to enable and guide implementation of the strategies for achieving those goals.
Bloomington Is a GreenStep City
Bloomington has joined the GreenStep Cities program, with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Click hereto learn more about how Bloomington is working to improve sustainability and quality of life for our community.
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 the sustainable use and management of environmental resources that include air, water, energy, land and ecological resources, and waste.
- Engage with the Bloomington Community and serve as a community liaison for issues, ideas, and proposals and provide appropriate feedback. The Commission shall also play the role of change agent, coordinator and educator for policies, practices, procedures and proposals that relate to environmental sustainability. The Community includes but is not limited to residents, community groups, businesses, institutions of higher learning, faith-based organizations, outside government bodies, and non-governmental institutions.
- Serve as a resource for other Bloomington commissions, boards, committees, and task forces on any issues related to sustainability.
The commission’s staff liaison is Bloomington's Deputy Director of Public Works, Mary Hurliman.
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.
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.
Commission members are:
- Sherie Bartsh
- Rob Bouta
- Paul Erdmann
- Steve Flagg
- John Jaimez
- Dwayne Lowman
- Tim Sandry
- Joseph Strommen
- Deanna White