Responsibilities & Qualifications
Members are expected to:
- Attend all scheduled meetings.
- Read the packet of material sent to you prior to each meeting, and familiarize yourself with the various agenda items.
- Members are encouraged to attend conference and seminars to familiarize themselves with the latest research and trends in sustainability.
- Members are encouraged to utilized new and existing organizations to educate the greater public on sustainability.
- Members are encouraged to volunteer in the community and for committees to promote sustainable practices.
A Member's primary job is to advise the City Council and educate the general public on sustainable and environmental policies and practices. Therefore, the first priority of a Member must be to develop decision-making skills and knowledge of City policies and local and national research and trends in sustainability. It is not critical to have training in fields such as:
- Civil engineering
- Environmental studies
- Natural sciences
Suggested qualifications for a Member include:
- A willingness and ability to research and report on issues, programs and policies related to sustainable and environmental policies and practices.
- A willingness to attend night meetings on a regular basis.
- A willingness to assist in implementing projects as decided upon by the City Council.
- The ability to fairly represent different areas of interest, knowledge and expertise.
- The ability to sustain harmonious working relationships with fellow Members, City Staff, the City Council, and the greater public.
- A willingness to attend extracurricular meeting and training seminars related to sustainable and environmental policies and practices.
- You should be civic minded and genuinely interested in community sustainability and environmental issues.
- You should be able to assemble information from both written and oral testimony and apply it to the making of meaningful recommendations that are based upon adopted plans, ordinances, required findings of fact and established polices, and not upon personal values.
- Objectivity is important. You should have an ability to listen to opposing views and still keep a clear focus on where the real public interest lies, what is not only within the law but also really fair, and the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion.
- You should be energetic and outgoing, not afraid to speak out, and be able to express yourself clearly and concisely in public.