PUBLISHER’S COMMENT:

Boca Raton’s budgetary support for ‘sustainability’ is commended.  Recent reports suggest that the millennial generation favors sustainable and vibrant living environments.  The Sun Sentinel, on October 5th reported that the American public favors local and state governments’ do more to address these principles and do ‘more’ to fight ‘global warming’ while encouraging the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  The City Council’s addition to the 2017-18 budget of a ‘sustainability officer’ is a first step on this path.  Congratulations Boca Raton Councilmembers and thank you Monica Mayotte for championing the initiative.  Al Zucaro, Publisher

_______________________________________________________________________

The Boca Raton City Council has made a commitment to protect our city from future effects of climate change by approving a new staff position for a Sustainability Officer. Thank you to Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke for taking the lead to endorse this new position.  Councilman Scott Singer has also been a champion for this position.

About three years ago, the Green Living Advisory Board made a recommendation to the city council that the city should join the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and hire a Sustainability Officer. The Advisory Board explained that most municipalities, not only in Florida but across the nation, employ Sustainability professionals to ensure cities are taking the necessary steps to keep their residents and businesses safe from rising sea levels, higher temperatures, and ever-increasing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

This recommendation was repeated several times over the past three years.  It was a long battle. Finally, earlier this year, the Boca Raton City Council passed a resolution to join the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and on Monday, October 2, 2017, Councilwoman O’Rourke’s amendment to the budget was passed to include the Sustainability position in the new year’s budget.

In addition to the council members who were integral in making this happen, many thanks go out to all former and current Green Living Advisory Board members, especially current Chairperson Margaret Fitzsimons, as well as Cristina Hicks, Vaughan Dugan and Sandi Schwartz, for their perseverance over the years and for speaking at council meetings and strategic planning sessions.

The city must now ensure that the job is posted on the city’s website in a timely fashion so sustainability professionals can submit their resumes and applications. Boca Raton job postings can be found at https://myboca.us/588/Employment-Opportunities.  There is a lot of work to be done and time is running increasingly short.