Not a peep in the local media yet (The Union, KNCO or Advocate), but Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum has a post on her Facebook page that shows the Council unanimously approved a “citywide sustainability vision.”
The decision at this week’s council meeting is the latest example of Nevada City’s leadership role in the county (and Sierra Foothills) when it comes to sustainability, something that I’ve written about many times before.
“Be proud of your council members: They are being visionary, proactive and setting this little town up for funding, job creation, economic stimulation, resilience and healthy living – the list goes on,” Reinette wrote.
(I’m glad Reinette mentioned the funding issue, because as I’ve said before, it disturbs me that our community idealogues try to get in the way of what is a pragmatic plan. Speaking of that I hope you got to read the Sacramento Bee article earlier this week pointing out that Tom McClintock’s refusal to consider budget earmarks hurts his district, according to critics. I’ve talked about this “sand pounding” before.)
In upcoming months, two half-day workshops will be held consisting of Nevada City businesses and residents and work with Darin Dinsmore and Associates to create measureable goals for Nevada City that, ultimately, will be fundable in the areas of energy/water conservations, energy/food production and reduction of waste, according to Reinette.
The Council approved this plan instead of a 250-home concept of “ecodistricts” that Reinette had supported.
Portland has become a leader in the idea known as “ecodistricts.”
“EcoDISTRICTS is a bold visioning and investment strategy to manage growth and development in major redevelopment areas,” according to a write-up of the program. “The objective is to test,accelerate and eventually codify the next generation of best practices in green development and civic infrastructure that can be scaled to create neighborhoods with the lowest environmental impact and highest economic and social resiliency in the United States.”
More background of the Portland plan is here.
By the way, this post is a good example of how the Internet is reshaping the way news is disseminated in our community – on a Facebook page and in a blog.
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