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Environmental Action Advisory Committee

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Purpose

To provide information to local residents on environmentally sustainable practices, offer advice to the North Grenville Municipal Council on initiatives to promote a green economy, and to identify near- and long-term funding opportunities as suggestions for inclusion in the yearly budget and business planning cycles of the Municipality.

The Committee shall:
a) Research and gather information on best environmental practices for communities, with a focus on changes to be made at the Municipal level;
b) Consider and make recommendations the ways in which the environmental footprint of the Municipality of North Grenville and its residents may be reduced;
c) Provide ideas to Council for incentives for/recognition of residents who reduce their household waste to encourage others in the community to follow suit;
d) Provide recommendations to Council on waste management within the Municipality;
e) Recommend promotional materials, organize/participate in events and develop educational tools for the use of North Grenville residents to promote environmentally sustainable practices;
f) Provide and update a consolidated list of local resources for residents with respect to recycling, composting, water conservation, and improving energy efficiency;
g) Encourage participation of local businesses in self-driven environmental initiatives;
h) Identify innovative, low-cost initiatives to encourage positive environmental changes;
i) Identify long-term and future solutions to reduce waste within the Municipality;
j) Engage with experts to identify opportunities to leverage emerging and new technologies with a direct goal of reducing waste and minimizing the environmental footprint of North Grenville residents and businesses;
k) Receive inputs from experts on best practices and ways forward and make written recommendations to Council; and
l) Create opportunities for public engagement with residents, local experts and community leaders, with an emphasis on engaging youth within the community; and

The Committee shall have regard to the shared priorities of the Council Workplan and forthcoming Community Strategic Plan.

Membership

The Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 9 volunteer members and up to 2 member of Council, all of who have voting rights. A staff person(s) from Public Works may also attend meetings as a liaison(s) to the Municipality.

In considering the appointment of voting members to the Committee, Council shall consider the following criteria for members of the Committee:
a) Influential decision makers (current and retired) from various business/industry sectors,
b) Individual members willing to take on specific responsibilities for specific areas of the program,
c) The individual’s qualifications and commitment as they relate to the Council adopted programs/policies; and
d) Availability of members to participate in the programs/policies and attend Committee meetings.

The Committee shall endeavor to have at least one member under the age of 25 and shall endeavour to be gender balanced.

The Committee, by a majority vote of its members, may recommend to Council to remove any member of the Committee who does not fulfil their obligations under their appointment.