What the City Is Doing
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100 Actions for A Better Environment
Click here to read the City Green Report from 2008, a report on over 100 sustainable practices put in place at the City of Mercer Island: www.mercergov.org/greenreport
In 2006, thanks to a grassroots effort of citizens, the City of Mercer Island added the following to the City's Vision Statement in the Comprehensive Plan:
“Mercer Island strives to be a sustainable community: Meeting the needs of the present while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We consider the relationship between the decisions we make as a community and their long-term impacts before committing to them. We understand that our strength is dependent on an open decision-making process that takes into account the economic, environmental and social well-being of our community.”
The following Sustainability Policy guided the 2007-2008 Budget: click here (pdf)
At the May 7, 2007 City Council meeting, Mercer Island Councilmembers unanimously adopted Resolution 1389 which commits the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through city operations and through community education. To read Resolution 1389, click here.The work program included in the resolution calls for calculating the citywide “carbon footprint,” which is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. Other measures include promoting bicycling and walking, converting the city fleet to hybrid or biofuel vehicles, increasing recycling, and maintaining healthy urban forests throughout the island. City Council also committed to make an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below current levels by 2050.
In 2007, Mercer Island joined hundreds of cities worldwide in becoming a member of ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability.
The following Sustainability Policy guided in the 2009-2010 Budget: click here (pdf)
Sustainability Work Plan Report Presented January 5, 2009