FEBRUARY 16, 2013 BY
During his short tenure as Sustainability Manager for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, a rural, growing community just west of Portland in what is nicknamed the Silicon Forest, Peter Brandom has been working hard to achieve attainable goals, set higher standards, and praise the work that the city departments have already done. Brandom’s two sessions yesterday, Friday February 15th, gave insight and inspiration to the City of Steamboat Springs and many partners. Present at these sessions were representatives from Routt County, City of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber, Steamboat Ski and Resort, City of Steamboat City Council, individuals from environmentally focused businesses, and other concerned citizens, as well as the two hosting organizations of Yampatika and YVSC.
Much of what Brandom presented is available on the City of Hillsboro’s website for their Community Vision Plan – Hillsboro2020.org, and he touched on immediate goals, long term goals, successes, partners, and accolades. For us, it gave hope that together we can create and attain similar goals for our own rural community, insight into how to make small progressive steps to do so, and who our partners could be.
Some interesting points garnered from these talks range from recycling incentives and ordinances to revolving sustainability funds to encourage and sponsor energy-saving and other sustainability-focused projects.
- Zero toxic emissions
- 100% recycling of waste from city
- Zero construction and maintenance waste
- 100% sustainable development
- 60% reduced city facility energy consumption
- 100% electric and gas from renewable for city facilities
- 80% reduction in greenhouse emissions
- 80% production of energy from renewable
- All LED bulbs on traffic lights
- Green buildings and many with LEED qualifications
- Solar facilities, 200kw in total
- Alternative fuel fleet now transitioning from primarily CNG (clean natural gas) to electric
- Community gardens
- A successful and progressive Green Power Challenge to challenge businesses to purchase green power
- Sustainability Revolving Fund- capturing savings from energy efficiency projects, goes towards projects that employees suggest
- Local energy efficiency incentives
- Recycling collaboration and business recycling workshops
- A business recycling ordinance that requiring businesses to offer recycling
- Internal highlights newsletter for City employees