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Boards and Commissions

Sustainable Aurora

“Sustainable Aurora” (Mayor's Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board) is an advisory body to the City Council, on the development or initiation of programs or actions that will enhance, develop and create sustainable practices within the community. The Board is composed of thirteen (13) Members who shall be residents of the City, and appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of the City Council. Members are appointed to a one, two or three year term with no maximum term limit.  Regular meetings are held once a month; special meetings may also be called.

Meeting Details

The meetings of the Board are typically as follows:
  • Location: 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall (44 E. Downer Place)
  • Starting Time: 7pm
  • Duration: Meetings can last a little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours depending on the number or complexity of agenda items.
  • Frequency: Regular meetings are held once a month on the First Thursdays' following the first Committee of the Whole meeting of the month; special meetings may also be called but would generally also take place on a Thursday at the same starting time and location.
  • Attendance: Three (3) unexcused absences in one year are generally grounds for dismissal.

Functions and Duties:

In order to maintain and implement the City's Sustainability Plan some examples of the Members’ functions and duties are as follows:
  • Make recommendations to the City Council and the Mayor’s Office for programs or actions designed to implement the recommendations contained in the City Sustainability Plan.
  • Provide a forum for addressing public concerns related to sustainable and environmental policies and practices.
  • Promoting a local movement, partnering with motivated stakeholders, establishing implementation priorities, identifying financing opportunities, and engaging local residents.
  • Provide input on sustainability policies and practices that reflect the community values.
  • Assist the City Council and the Mayor’s Office in balancing community priorities and resources by advising them on sustainability issues.

Responsibilities

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.

Desirable Qualifications:

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 planning, sustainability, environmental studies, LEED, civil engineering, economics, geology, agriculture, ecology or natural sciences, however the ability and desire to understand these sometimes complex and scientific topics is essential.

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.

Committees

The following is a list of the current Committees of the Board:

  • Citizen Advisory Committee: which provides the Board with a larger breath of interest, knowledge and expertise from which to advise and educate the general public on sustainable and environmental policies and practices.
  • Green Events Committee: which provides research, guide, organize and volunteer at events that will enhance, develop and create sustainable practices within the community.
  • Grant and Award Research Committee: which provides research and assist in the application for grant opportunities that will enhance, develop and create sustainable practices within the community.
  • Youth Outreach Committee: which develops youth oriented programs and activities that will enhance, develop and create sustainable practices within the community.

Aurora, Illinois, Code of Ordinances
Chapter 2 - Administration, Article VI. Division 9 Mayor's Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board

For Further Information:

For further information about Sustainable Aurora, or how to place your name in consideration for appointment to the Board when a vacancy occurs, contact the Mayor's Office at 630-256-3010.

Current Members:

Members Names
Bernina Perkins
Caryl Riley
Charlie Zine
John O'Neill
Karen Wan
Mavis Bates
Kathleen Flannery
Vacant
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Updated January 17, 2017

For meeting agendas and minutes, please view the Agendas and Minutes Archive.