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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 033

THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY

KARL F. DEAN , MAYOR

SUBJECT: Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability

I, Karl Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me, do hereby find, direct and order the following:

I. A livable city has the clean air, clean water, open spaces, transportation infrastructure, and energy use profile necessary to provide a prosperous community for current and future generations.

II. In order to assure that Nashville continues to be a livable city, the Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability (the Green Ribbon Committee) is hereby created and established for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (the Metropolitan Government).

III. The Green Ribbon Committee will recommend environmental goals to the Mayor that will allow Nashville to remain one of the most livable cities in the United States.

IV. The goals identified by the Green Ribbon Committee shall be goals that will enable Nashville to become a leader in environmental quality and livability in the United States.

V. In addition to the goals, the Green Ribbon Committee will recommend an action plan to help achieve these goals.

1. Responsibility and Authority. The Green Ribbon Committee is charged with the following:
a. Recommending targets and accompanying metrics for 2012 and 2020 to measure progress toward the overall goal of ensuring that Nashville is a leader in environmental quality and livability in the United States;
b. Setting environmental quality and livability targets at levels that will ensure that the Metropolitan Government area and the Nashville and Davidson County region are leaders in the United States in the stewardship of our energy, water, land, and other natural resources and protection of the environment;
c. Continuing identification of environmental quality and energy use and cost trends that will affect livability in the Nashville and Davidson County region;
d. Ensuring Green Ribbon Committee’s energy use reduction targets:
i. Will identify the ways the Metropolitan Government will accomplish its role in meeting the goal of reducing energy use;
ii. Are consistent with the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement; and
iii. Consider regional economic development and transportation options.
e. Developing strategies, programs, and policies for the Metropolitan Government, businesses, households, residents and neighborhood/community groups to achieve the specific environmental quality and livability targets;
f. Drawing upon the reports of recognized experts in the fields of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability and gathering input from the public through public meetings;
g. Considering the cost/benefit relationship of proposed actions and other relevant factors such as grant opportunities;
h. Facilitating public education and outreach;
i. Implementation of its recommendations that are approved by the Mayor; and
j. Coordinating the Committee’s activities and recommendations to the extent possible with the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Policy.

2. Composition. The Green Ribbon Committee will consist of a minimum of 11 members, including 2 appointed co-chairs, with a broad range of perspectives to be selected and appointed by the Mayor.

3. Terms and Meetings.
a. Members of the Green Ribbon Committee shall serve for (one) 1 year and shall continue in office until the expiration of the term for which they were respectively appointed or until reappointment or until such time as their successors are appointed.
b. A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as a regular appointment and the person appointed shall serve the remainder of the term.
c. The Mayor may determine a position is vacant based upon failure to attend meetings regularly.
d. Members of the Green Ribbon Committee shall serve without compensation.
e. In addition to the co-chairs appointed by the Mayor, the Green Ribbon Committee may elect such officers it finds necessary and appropriate.
f. The Green Ribbon Committee shall hold regular meetings not less than quarterly.
i. The regular meetings will be held at a date, time, and place to be determined by decision of the Co-Chairs. Special meetings may be called by the Mayor.
ii. A quorum for approving decisions by the Green Ribbon Committee shall consist of a majority of the currently filled positions on the Committee.

4. Reports. The Green Ribbon Committee shall deliver periodic reports and make recommendations to the Mayor not less than annually.

5. Departments Covered. Departments, boards and commissions of the Metropolitan Government shall fully cooperate with the Green Ribbon Committee in carrying out the mandates of this Executive Order and shall provide assistance as requested.

6. Environmental Sustainability Manager. An Environmental Sustainability Manager appointed by the Mayor shall:
a. Organize and facilitate meetings and activities in conjunction with the co-chairs;
b. Work with departments, boards and commissions of the Metropolitan Government on their environmental goals and progress;
c. Work with the private sector on incentives and outreach programs to encourage green practices;
d. Prepare drafts of reports;
e. Apprise the Mayor regularly on progress, and
f. Perform other such related duties as determined by the Mayor.

Ordered, Effective and Issued:

Karl F. Dean
Mayor

Date: June 19, 2008