There is established a Takoma Park Committee on the Environment which shall serve in an official advisory and coordination role for the City Council on all matters related to sustainability, environmental protection and restoration. (Ord. 2005-9 § 1 (part), 2005)
2.16.200 Statement of purpose.
The purposes of the Committee shall be to advise the City Council on all environmental issues, including but not limited to, stormwater management, greenhouse gas reduction, tree protection, open space conservation, biodiversity, watershed functioning and restoration, energy use, energy conservation, and recycling.
2.16.210 Committee, City and Council collaboration, membership, terms of office, structure and staffing.
A. Committee, City and Council Collaboration. The City Council recognizes the need to build environmental considerations into a broad array of City operations and activities. To this end, the Committee will offer advice and counsel as soon as practicable on each applicable issue and will maintain an open dialogue with Council, citizens, local businesses and organizations. The Committee shall include at least one member of the City Council and a designee of the City Manager.
B. Membership. The Committee shall consist of between 14 and 20 persons to be appointed by the Council. Efforts shall be made to have representation of the following:
1. Four to eight citizen leaders and interested residents
2. Four to eight representatives from community organizations including local environmental and cultural groups, public health and civic organizations, faith-based groups, parent-teacher organizations
3. Two to four representatives from local busineses and business groups.
4. Two to six representatives with expertise in a variety of scientific, technical, and environmental policy disciplines, outreach skills related to environmental science, and can include representatives of federal or state agencies whose involvement will advance the City’s environmental goals.
C. Terms of Office. Committee members shall serve staggered two-year terms, with initial appointments of one and two years. Terms shall begin on May 1 and end on April 30. With the exception of City Council and City staff representatives, members may serve for no more than 2 continuous terms.
1. The Committee shall organize to accomplish its purposes, and elect from its members a chair and co-chair and other officers as it shall deem necessary.
2. The Committee shall meet at least quarterly or as often as required to fulfill its responsibilities.
3. All meetings shall be open to the public and are subject to the Maryland Open Meetings Law. Meeting notices and agendas shall be prepared and submitted to the City Clerk and posted in advance of any Committee meeting in accordance with State law. Written records of Committee proceedings shall be maintained. An oral or written report on the activities of the Committee shall be submitted to the Council at least once a year.
4. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum to conduct business. (Ord. No. 2008-4, 2-25-08)
E. Staffing and Resources. The City Manager or his or her designee shall provide additional staff support and funding to support the Committee’s activities. (Ord. 2005-9 § 1 (part), 2005)
F. The Committee shall conform to other provisions of Article 1, Chapter 2.16 Boards and Commissions, as may be amended from time to time. (Ord. No. 2008-4, 2-25-08)
2.16.220 Duties and responsibilities of the Committee.
The Committee shall review and provide advice on City and community actions that affect environmental quality. The Committee may review any work within the City including resolutions, legislation, regulations, policy, guidance, administrative actions, plans, and program activities that may affect environmental quality. In furtherance of these duties, the Committee shall attempt to accomplish the following:
A. Assist the Council in the development of policies and programming that address the environmental concerns of the community;
B. To educate Takoma Park residents, businesses, and County government on environmental issues and encourage Takoma Park residents, businesses, and County government to choose environmentally beneficial or non-harmful alternatives when available to protect the environment, reduce energy use and limit greenhouse gas emissions;
C. To help inspire and lead community efforts and involvement in sustainability and environmental protection and restoration.
D. Assist the Council in technical and policy direction and in setting priorities for environmental projects;
E. To help Takoma Park secure and maintain recognition as a leader in sustainability in Maryland.
F. To convey citizen views on environmental issues to Council and City staff;
G. To work with City staff and serve as a basis of a community partnership to advance on environmental programs and projects.
H. To advise the City Council of options and opportunities for new or improved projects, programs and funding that could help the City achieve its sustainability and environmental goals.
I. Prepare an annual report to the Council on the activities of the Committee and provide additional briefings as needed. (Ord. 2005-9 § 1 (part), 2005)