City Councilwoman Elaine Clegg will kick off the free, one-day event at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
According to a city news release, sustainability experts will evaluate Boise’s building and land-use codes, and offer advice and tools for best practices in sustainable development. The discussion will focus on sustainable sites and development practices, water efficiency conservation and management and materials and resource conservation.
Speakers will discuss the topics with the audience, whose input will be included as part of the final evaluation.
“I am excited to be taking action,” Council Member Elaine Clegg said about the workshop. “Talking about sustainability is one thing, making it part of how you do business is another. This workshop is a chance for the city to ask what is possible and practical for the future.”
Speakers are Susan Gitlin from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities and Brian Dean, a senior manager from ICF International. Organizations represented will include the building, real estate and energy industry, along with representatives from local, regional and state government, and Boise neighborhood associations. Participants can attend all or any portion of the workshop that may more directly relate to an area of interest.
Here’s the day’s agenda:
10 a.m Introduction by Council Member Elaine Clegg
10:30 a.m. Sustainable Sites and Development Practices
noon Break (Lunch will not be provided)
1 p.m. Water Efficiency, Conservation and Management
2:15 p.m. Materials and Resource Conservation
5 p.m. *Public Open House
*Following the workshop, there will be a public open house from 5:00 to 7:00 in the Foothills Conference. The speakers will present findings and make recommendations based on the information they gather from the earlier sessions.