Sustainability Council approved
The city council supported my request that we start a sustainability council and to apply for a Rockefeller Foundation grant to help fund it. Many people assume sustainability is only about the environment. That is not so. It is the effort to combine good policy for the economy, the environment, social equity and efficiency. Happily, the recession has provided me with many opportunities to find those projects that save money, are good for the environment and sometimes create local jobs.
Our goal is to assemble volunteers to help us develop policies and programs that are good for our environment, save money or the city and/or citizens and
promote good jobs.
As a community with a significant percentage of homes in various flood zones, we need to be on the lookout for ways to reduce our risk from extreme weather events like storm surge and hurricanes. When people live less than 10 feet above sea level, even modest sea level rise increases our risks. Therefore, we need to both plan and implement policies that lower our risks and increase our ability to recover if we suffer a hurricane or similar event.
It is always cheaper to avoid disaster than it is to recover from one.