During the first City Council meeting of her new term Monday as Hailey mayor, Martha Burke rolled out an ambitious Resiliency Initiative to fight climate change.

     “This is a moral issue,” Burke said.

     Her plan calls for the establishment of a working committee made up of city department heads to formulate environmentally sustainable goals and actions.

     “This will ensure that climate change/resiliency is considered in every cost/benefit analysis undertaken, be it budgeting, purchasing, policy and/or personnel issues,” states a memo delivered by Burke to a crowded City Hall crowd, many of whom had apparently been tipped about the presentation.

     The memo contained a list of “near-term” actions the city could take, including setting resiliency goals to achieve carbon neutrality, along with energy, water and waste efficiencies, in the municipal government and community at large.

     Burke’s plan harkens back to a 2008 city goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2015. It exceeded that goal by 33 percent.

     A recently installed resiliency coordinator position at City Hall has been gathering recommendations from a newly formed Resiliency Committee for several weeks.

     For full story, see the Friday edition of the Mountain Express.  

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