DRAFT PLACER COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY ACTION STRATEGY PROPOSAL
[PDF Version http://placersustain.org/county proposal 100401.pdf ]
PlacerSustain is recommending that the Board of Supervisors support the development of a countywide Sustainability Action Strategy in collaboration with interested city governments, other stakeholders, and the public. The Strategy will:
· Provide an opportunity to bring the community together on Sustainability.
· Establish a shared vision about direction.
· Formulate action objectives and strategies.
· Provide for strategies that may be particular to the interests of specific communities.
· Provide coordination on the full range of sustainability related interests that cuts across organizational and jurisdictional lines.
· Identify “stretch goals” on specific issues (e.g. energy conservation) that call us forth to work together.
· Provide a public message that may be part of a ongoing Sustainability Initiative Campaign for the County.
· Build an integrated network of community interests as part of the process of developing the Strategy, which is open to all and would be expanding over time.
Inventory Existing Efforts
Community Organizations and Individuals
Identify Anticipated State and/or Federal Regulatory Requirements, e.g. Climate Action Plans as they impact future action strategies.
(Continue) Building Sustainability Network Relationships
Convene Stakeholders / Open Public Participation
Develop Goals, Objectives, and Strategies
Make Recommendations to the Board and Participating Stakeholder Organizations and solicit Resolutions of Adoption. Specific more detailed strategies may be included in the areas of Economic Development, Energy, Conservation, and Funding (including Grants).
Goals and Strategies Countywide—Sustainable Economy/Environment/Community
Special Goals Strategies by Community/City Jurisdiction
Goals and Strategies for Particular Organizations(Internal)
Goals and strategies would include recommendations related to needed implementation partnerships, program responsibilities, on-going collaboration processes, i.e. organizational strategies.
Web and Media Public Engagement
The county may host an initial meeting that would include our cities, other stakeholders (public, private, non-profit, utilities, etc.), and interested members of the community to determine whether there is sufficient interest in the Proposal, and to secure feedback on scope and deliverables. With positive feedback, the County may consider helping to circulate support resolutions to potential Sponsors and cost share participants.
The process for developing the Action Strategies is open, and would include community meetings and the formation of working groups on specific sustainability topics and jurisdictional areas, as the participants determine. The County would be one stakeholder at the table, i.e. the Strategy is not a County (the institution) Strategy, it is a consensus Strategy of the collaborative participants, and others who may wish to endorse it. The opportunity should be available for individual stakeholder organizations to articulate strategies particular to their organization. Specific participating City jurisdictions may have, or wish to develop, strategies that are likewise particular to their jurisdictions. Strategies that have countywide application will be included.
Organizations with existing sustainability strategy frameworks are resources to the effort, and ultimately may provide a significant part of the recommended strategies. At the conclusion, the County may consider circulating Resolutions of Support for Countywide Action Strategies with the various Cities and organizational stakeholders. The whole effort should be updated over time based on continuing strategic collaboration. It is anticipated that core stakeholder interests would continue to collaborate as part of the sustainability network landscape.
We estimate a $50,000 budget for a nine-month project--Meetings, Network Development,a Sustainability Action Strategy, and a Media Outreach. The County may seek funding support from participating Cities and Stakeholders, e.g. PG&E, PCWA, Local Businesses, etc.
Meetings with Staff Support
Action Strategy Preparation
April 22, 2010