Ordinances and Governance Overview
Ordinances and governance illustrates the effective ways to implement sustainability practices and principles.
The Anti-Idling Ordinance was adopted by City Council on June 30, 2016. Starting January 1, 2017, vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more are prohibited from idling more than five minutes (30 minutes for buses) within the City of San Antonio.
Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC)
The Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee is eleven members appointed by Council to involve the community in advancing the City of San Antonio “Mission Verde ” into the future. The committee provides recommendations on effective environmental programs and policies to City staff and City Council and will serve as a forum for the community to offer input concerning environmental sustainability.
Dark Sky Policy Evaluation
The Dark Sky Policy Evaluation Process includes bringing a broad stakeholder group to evaluate if an update to outdoor lighting ordinance. The Dark Sky Policy Evaluation Work Group represents various sectors including Military, Development, Human Health, Education, Astronomy, Public Utilities, Environment, and various local government agencies.
Green Events Ordinance Forms and Guide
On April 8, 2010 the City of San Antonio City Council adopted an ordinance requiring events with a certain criteria to complete green event certification that complies with the adopted “Green Events Scorecard”. Event coordinators are encouraged to review the “Green Events Ordinance Guide” and submit the “Green Events Application” prior to the event opening and upon event closing provide the “Post Event Wrap-Up Form” within ten days.
Event coordinators that would like to earn an extra 20 points on their event application can consider incorporating a “Green Events Innovation”. A list of event innovations examples from previously certified events is available.