At the 2014 Little Rock Sustainability Summit, the City unveiled its “Roadmap to Sustainability” initiative. The initiative is organized around five topic areas – Energy, Quality of Life, the Natural Environment, the Built Environment, and Economic Development. The goal is to develop a sustainability plan that looks 5, 10 and 20 years into the future of the sustainasphere.
The journey begins on at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
May 20, 2014, with a public meeting in the Board Room at City Hall. The purpose
of the meeting will be to identify (“inventory”) sustainable practices and
achievements already in place, and to gather ideas about sustainable goals. The
meeting will be the first in a series of four or more public meetings.
The development of a Sustainability Plan is an
important step forward for Little Rock. While the City can rightfully highlight
a number of “sustainable” achievements – the free, annual Sustainability Summit
and the recent passage of a multifamily recycling ordinance are top-of-the-mind
examples – the various efforts and programs have lacked the comprehensive
coordination needed to be a true plan. There is an abundance of “low-hanging
fruit” in the Little Rock sustainasphere, and a thoughtful Sustainability Plan
comprised of measurable, achievable goals holds the promise of a serious
In case you missed it the first time around, the
May 20, 2014, meeting is a public meeting. It is an opportunity to take
ownership of the sustainasphere and to contribute to a project that should have
benefits that are immediate and measurable.
(Also, I am told there will be snacks.)
2014, 10:00 a.m.: Public Hearing, City of Little Rock Roadmap to
Sustainability, City Hall Board Room.