Gabrielle Weeks for City Council
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If elected June 6, I pledge to bring to the City Council a comprehensive Sustainability Plan to make Long Beach the greenest City in California. The framework of this plan is detailed below, and would be discussed with residents through a variety of public workshops to fine tune the plan and make it a success. This Sustainability Plan will have numerous benefits, including:
The idea of sustainability isn't new. In fact, the City of Long Beach's 2010 Citywide Strategic Plan identifies “Becoming a Sustainable City” as a primary strategic goal. The simplest way of thinking about sustainability is to think of future generations, and make them a pledge that they will have all the freedoms and luxuries we had in our lifetimes. It means we find alternatives to using non-renewable resources, and find ways of doing the same things we do now without generating any lasting pollution.
As published in the Long Beach Press Telegram, Daniel Brezenoff, a member of the Long Beach Greens, recently laid out a challenge to every elected leader and candidate in Long Beach to give Long Beach a "Green Future." My sustainability plan is the embodiment of that challenge, laying out how we can achieve that vision within our lifetimes and set the foundation within a few years to become a truly Sustainable City. We all want a clean environment for ourselves and for future generations - the concept of sustainability builds consensus from all parts of the City. This plan provides the leadership to make sustainability happen.
The framework of this Plan is to gradually make everything that happens in Long Beach consistent with our residents goals of environmental stewardship. This will be achieved through the following 3 steps:
1) Establish an Environmental Commission for the City of Long Beach, charged with promoting sustainability Citywide and ensuring City actions are consistent with environmental stewardship.
2) Develop guiding principles that will serve as the mission statement for the Environmental Commission. Identify key interest areas for the Environmental Commission, including:
3) Utilize the Environmental Commission to vet proposals for enhancing the sustainability of our City. Proposals will be considered at public meetings, and recommendations will be made to the City Council or other appropriate Departments/Commissions. Some initial proposals might include:
A clean and healthy environment is critical to the future of our City. I want Long Beach to become a sustainable city. Good environmental policy is good economic policy, because a clean city maintains productivity, increases tourism, and benefits from investments in green technology.