CONTACT: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2020) – Today, the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability released the official applications for advisory committees that will assist in the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The Technical and Community Advisory Committee and the Climate Equity Advisory Committee will provide expertise and input, gather and review the latest scientific information and best practices, deliver annual reports, and engage the community, among other actions. Residents are invited to apply at www.sanantonio.gov/clerk. Hard-copy applications will also be available at all library branches.
“The creation of the committees marks an important milestone in the process of implementing San Antonio’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick. “Residents who serve on these committees will make history; they will help to ensure that San Antonio is resilient for generations to come.”
The Technical and Community Advisory Committee will advise City staff and City Council on the implementation of the CAAP, while serving as a forum for the community to offer input on climate action and sustainability. The Climate Equity Advisory Committee will advise City staff and City Council on the advancement of equity-centered implementation of the CAAP.
As the CAAP is centered in equity, membership in both committees will represent those who live and work within the City of San Antonio—inclusive of indigenous persons, communities of color, low-income residents, LGTBQIA+ persons, persons of varying ages and abilities, and other individuals with diverse expertise and perspectives.
The Office of Sustainability will conduct an initial review of applications in February 2020, with a goal of Council consideration of the complete slate of committee members in March 2020. Advisory Committee meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis beginning April 2020.
The San Antonio City Council adopted the CAAP in October 2019 with a 10-1 vote. The plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapting the city to the effects of climate change, while serving as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution in June 2017.
For questions, help, or to obtain a Spanish version of the application, residents can contact the Office of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-207-6103. Residents are also able to receive in-person assistance by appointment.