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sustainability

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Petition to Bellevue City Council

Create a Tree Master Plan for Bellevue

I recommend that the City create a Tree Master Plan which covers the strategy for how Bellevue will meet its goal of at least 40% tree canopy coverage, when will this achieved, what is the on-going process, and how citizen involvement will be used to reach consensus that is right for Bellevue. "Tree canopy in Bellevue has decreased 20 percent since 1986, a loss conservatively estimated to be equivalent to $15 million in lost stormwater services and $68,000 per year in lost air quality removal services.' Tree Canopy, Comp Plan We, the City of Bellevue, have agreed in the Comprehensive Plan to work towards a goal of at least 40% tree canopy coverage. However, it is unclear how and when we will meet this goal. ""EN-12  Work toward a citywide tree canopy target of at least 40% canopy coverage that reflects our “City in a Park” character and maintain an action plan for meeting the target across multiple land use types including right-of-way, public lands, and residential and commercial uses." Policies, Environmental Steward-ship, Comp Plan Improving the health and sustainability of the urban forest is complex. Many policy areas are involved, such as parks, transportation, economic development, and planning and development. Bellevue needs a Tree Master Plan. Without a strategy, the many efforts needed to reach our goal lack the ability to make timely and effective decisions. The neighborhoods need a shared direction and understand the unique role each plays. We should not wait ten years for the neighborhood subarea comprehensive plans to define their unique standards, when together we can agree to a minimal standard for all neighborhoods. The value of trees goes beyond aesthetics. Clean air, clean water, and more walkable streets improve our health. By reducing heat islands, decreasing stormwater flooding, absorbing carbon dioxide, and shading building, trees reduce energy use and environmental impacts. Trees have impacts on economic development and sense of community. Now is the time to create a shared plan.

Pamela Johnston
95 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to St. Paul City Council

Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul

The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging.  As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption.  These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond.  Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council is meeting on August 2nd to vote on the changes highlighted below (see link for more details).  In an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging.  Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food Interested in doing more?  Attend the Sustainable To-Go Packaging Hearing on Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:30pm at St. Paul City Hall (15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102).  

Victoria Downey
149 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Keith Giagnorio

Stop the Installation of Two LED Billboards in Lombard, IL.

The Village is being offered $75,000 to install two new LED billboards at the below locations. There are many reasons why this project shouldn't move forward. Please sign this petition to tell Lombard Trustees that $75K a year (a drop in the bucket for a municipal budget) is not worth the wellbeing of our communities. A 20-year lease means that we can't change our minds for the next twenty years! The location of the billboards is environmentally sensitive. They are installed at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, which is one of eleven protected places in the world where the Federally-Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid can be found. This rare orchid can only be pollinated sustainably by nocturnal hawkmoths. These two giant billboards emitting blue-rich light will certainly affect the local population of these moths. (Imagine the moths attracted to your house's night lamp multiplied out to the power of a billboard).  Many residents journey to Churchill Woods from miles around to receive eco-psychological renewal and wellbeing that only unmolested nature can provide. These billboards will mar the treescape/skyscape for hikers who are attracted to this area for its natural beauty. The billboards (projecting commercial messaging from corporations like coca cola, mcdonalds, and burger king) will degrade the experience of people enjoying the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail- important amenities for recreation in DuPage County. Blue-rich LED light disrupts the human endocrine system (this is the system which controls our hormones). Many people don't realize that exposure to blue-rich light prevents our bodies from creating the hormone melatonin, which allows us to sleep. Exposure to this kind of light can disrupt sleep patterns and cause chronic illness. It's hard to believe that unnatural light can be a kind of pollution, but many scientific studies actually show that in areas with irresponsible night-time lighting there are increased risks of cancer due to long-term sleeplessness.  There has been little study on the effect of LED billboards on road safety. Humans are naturally distracted by bright lights and the flickering motion of LED billboards, at a time when concentration is crucial to protect families driving on the road. These billboards are going to affect our home values as they will eliminate the ability of DuPage residents to see the Milky Way, or any stars, for miles around. The global trend is heading toward dark-sky compliant night time lighting, so these billboards are a step in the wrong direction and will certainly prevent our children from connecting to the ancient heritage of star-viewing that provides an incomparable experience of wonder-making and inspiration. Without seeing the stars, it is hard for humans to understand our place in the cosmos.   

Andrew Van Gorp
352 supporters