The City of Charlottetown passed a resolution at its regular Council meeting on Monday, June 9 to adopt a Sustainable Meetings Policy.
The policy is intended to guide decision-making and practices in meetings with Council, staff and when hosting external groups at City Hall. The policy provides guidance on paper use, energy conservation, food and beverage purchasing and packaging.
"Staff and Council have already made great progress in greening our meetings, but we felt it was important to have a consistent policy to follow," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "At Council meetings, we have reduced our printing of Council packages by 60 per cent over the past few years. We realize there is still more we can do, but this policy and the other sustainability initiatives that we’ve implemented will ensure we continue working in the right direction."
The City has been working on the implementation of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) since 2010. The plan focuses on both operational and community sustainability and the City has already made several changes in its operations to increase overall sustainability within the Corporation.
The City adopted a Water Efficiency Policy in 2012, and as a result, City Hall is a bottled-water free building. Other sustainability initiatives within the Corporation include energy efficiency challenges, active transportation and sustainability training opportunities for staff.
"We’re seeing a lot of meeting attendees accessing digital copies of meeting documents and not needing to rely on paper copies," said Councillor Rob Lantz, member of the Urban Beautification and Sustainability committee. "I access the majority of my files during a meeting from my smart phone and find that it is just as effective, if not more so, than using a paper copy. A lot of Councillors and staff are finding that paperless is a simple change. The small changes can make a big difference in the long run."
For more information on the ICSP and sustainability projects and programs, visit www.TheInspiredCity.com.
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