Environment And Energy Committee To Begin Meeting

by Gabe Bullard on January 27, 2010

The Louisville Metro Council’s new Energy and Environment Committee will meet for the first time Thursday.

Majority caucus spokesperson Tony Hyatt says the committee was formed not to pass legislation, but to address the myriad environmental issues that have come up in the last few years.

“It could be everything from recycling to garbage collection to greener buildings, those type of issues we’ve been talking about and have been talking about in the country for some time,” he says.

Hyatt says the committee may eventually be assigned legislation to consider, but for now members will study existing environmental issues and try to generate public interest in them.

“It’ll be much like the government accountability committee which started as more of a review of various things and then, over the course of government accountability, legislation began to appear in that committee to be acted upon,” he says.

Hyatt doesn’t expect the panel to work on the proposed ban on the excessive idling automobiles. That, he says, will probably go to the Health and Human Needs Committee.

The five-member committee is chaired by Democrat Brent Ackerson.

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Kristin Espeland January 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Here’s an update:

The committee had its inaugural meeting today (Thursday). Members discussed focusing at first on improving metro recycling rates as well as making garbage collection more efficient.  For some time, the city has had no recycling program manager, and recycling rate statistics have been hard to come by (we reported on the city’s program in 2008, here: http://archives.wfpl.org/2008/09/02/measuring-up-louisvilles-recycling-program-2/). 

Another focus of the committee could be reducing traffic by better synchronizing traffic lights.  Mayor Jerry Abramson has also spoken about creating a new office of sustainability, although that initiative has not been formally announced.

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