Ballot Question on Office of Sustainability will be on Nov 4 Ballot

Click here for a certified copy of the signed bill (#130878, as amended 4/28/14)

The ballot question will read: Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to establish and define the functions of the Office of Sustainability, headed by a Director of Sustainability?

The devil is in the details, and the details are in Resolution #130884 (click here). According to the Resolution, "sustainabilty" may include:

"energy use, air and water quality, greenhouse gas accounting, solid waste management, access to open space and local and healthy food, tree canopy coverage and climate change preparedness planning."


RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That
the following amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter is hereby proposed
and shall be submitted to the electors of the City on an election date designated by
ordinance:

ARTICLE III - EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH -
ORGANIZATION

CHAPTER 1
OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS,
COMMISSIONS AND OTHER AGENCIES

§3-100. Executive and Administrative Officers, Departments, Boards, Commissions
and Agencies Designated.

The executive and administrative work of the City shall be performed by:

(a) The following elected or appointed officers: City of Philadelphia
RESOLUTION NO. 130884 continued



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Handicapped and Disabled Advocate;

Director of Sustainability.

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ARTICLE IV
EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH – POWERS AND DUTIES
The Mayor, The City Representative and Departments, Boards, [and] Commissions
and Offices Under the Mayor

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CHAPTER 16
OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

§ 4-1600. Creation.

The Office of Sustainability is hereby created in the Office of the Mayor,
headed by the Director of Sustainability.

§ 4-1601. Powers and Duties.

The Office of Sustainability shall have the power and its duty shall be to
perform the following functions:

(a) Develop and coordinate the implementation of policies and programs
to meet the City’s sustainability goals.

(b) Create periodic sustainability plans for the City, including metrics and
indicators for municipal and citywide goals related to sustainability matters, which
may include energy use, air and water quality, greenhouse gas accounting, solid
waste management, access to open space and local and healthy food, tree canopy
coverage and climate change preparedness planning.

(c) Disseminate reports setting forth a description of the goals of the City
and the City’s progress in connection with such metrics and indicators.
City of Philadelphia
RESOLUTION NO. 130884 continued


(d) Coordinate among City departments and agencies to foster integration
of sustainability goals into operations, policies and strategic goals.

(e) Promote public awareness and education regarding environmental and
sustainability issues.

APPENDIX

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CHAPTER A-2

§ A-200. Schedule.

This Charter shall become effective on the first Monday of January, 1952,
except in the following particulars:

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(8) The amendments to this Charter relating to the Office of Sustainability
shall take effect July 1, 2015.


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