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[GreenYes] Re: [CRRA] Oakland, California adopts a Zero Waste goal


Neil,

Thanks, but the congratulations are due to Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland
City Council, Sustainability Director Randy Hayes, and Mark
Gagliardi, DPW Staff. I was only one of many who provided them with
information and support, and helped broadcast the results.

Gary

At 01:33 PM 3/9/2006, Neil Seldman wrote:
>gary congratulations. I know how much time you put into this. Neil
>On Mar 8, 2006, at 9:56 PM, Gary Liss wrote:
>
> > Apologies for Cross-Postings
> >
> > From: "Monica Wilson" <mwilson@no.address>
> > Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 17:24:11 -0800
> >
> > Great news! The City of Oakland in the State of California, USA,
> > passed a
> > Zero Waste resolution last night (March 7, 2006). Oakland is a port
> > city in
> > the San Francisco Bay, with a population of 400,000.
> >
> > The text of the resolution is below, and the resolution itself is
> > online
> > with a staff report on why zero waste is necessary:
> > http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/12914.pdf
> > ********************
> >
> > RESOLUTION ADOPTING A ZERO WASTE GOAL BY 2020 FOR THE CITY OF OAKLAND
> > AND DIRECTING THE PUBLIC WORKS AGENCY, IN CONCERT WITH THE MAYOR'S
> > OFFICE, TO DEVELOP A ZERO WASTE STRATEGIC PLAN TO ACHIEVE THE CITY'S
> > ZERO WASTE GOAL
> >
> > WHEREAS, the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB
> > 939)
> > required that all California jurisdictions achieve a landfill
> > diversion rate
> > of 50% by the year 2000, and reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost all
> > discarded materials to the maximum extent feasible before any
> > landfilling or
> > other destructive disposal method is used; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 1990 Alameda County's voters passed ballot Measure D (The
> > Alameda County Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Charter
> > Amendment),
> > setting a requirement for the County to reduce land filling by 75%
> > by 2010;
> > and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 1990 the City Council adopted Resolution #66253 C.M.S
> > establishing solid waste reduction goals, including returning
> > discarded
> > materials to the local economy through reuse and recycling;
> > applying the
> > waste management hierarchy in priority order (reduce, reuse,
> > recycle and
> > compost) to the maximum extent; and promoting recycling market
> > development;
> > and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 2002 the City Council adopted Resolution #77500 C.M.S.
> > establishing the goal of 75% reduction of waste disposal landfills
> > by 2010
> > for the City of Oakland in alliance with the countywide 75% waste
> > reduction
> > requirement; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 2001 the California Integrated Waste Management Board
> > set a goal
> > of Zero Waste in its strategic plan for the state; and cities,
> > councils,
> > counties, and states worldwide have adopted a goal of achieving
> > zero waste,
> > including the counties of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Luis
> > Obispo and Del
> > Norte in California; the cities of Palo Alto and Berkeley in
> > California, Seattle in Washington , Toronto in Canada, and Canberra in
> > Australia; and the state of New South Wales in Australia; and 45%
> > of New
> > Zealand's local government councils; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, strategies to reach zero waste can help to promote the
> > over-arching
> > goal of each generation leaving less and less of an ecological
> > footprint on
> > the earth thus allowing more and more of nature to restore; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, Zero Waste principles promote the highest and best use of
> > materials
> > to eliminate waste and pollution, emphasizing a closed-loop system of
> > production and consumption, moving in logical increments toward the
> > goal of
> > zero waste through the core principles of:
> > . Improving 'downstream' reuse/recycling of end-of-life products and
> > materials to ensure their highest and best use;
> > . Pursuing 'upstream' re-design strategies to reduce the volume and
> > toxicity
> > of discarded products and materials, and promote low-impact or reduced
> > consumption lifestyles;
> > . Fostering and supporting use of discarded products and materials to
> > stimulate and drive local economic and workforce development; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 1992 the City Council adopted Resolution #68780 C.M.S.
> > authorizing establishment of a City staff supported Recycling Market
> > Development Zone; and recycling continues to be a significant local
> > industry, whose long-term viability is a key component to Oakland's
> > current
> > and future waste reduction achievements, economic development, and
> > workforce
> > development of 'green collar' jobs; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in 1998 the City Council adopted the Sustainable Development
> > Initiative (Resolution #74678 C.M.S) embracing the concept of meeting
> > people's current economic, social, cultural, and environmental
> > needs in ways
> > that enhance the ability of future generations to meet their needs;
> > and
> >
> > WHEREAS, Oakland's FY 2005-07 Mayor and City Council Goals include:
> > Develop
> > A Sustainable City through maximizing socially and environmentally
> > sustainable economic growth, including conserving natural
> > resources; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, in alliance with the Oakland's Sustainable Development
> > Initiative
> > and Sustainable City goal, in June 2005 Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown
> > joined
> > mayors of 50 of the world's largest and most visionary cities as an
> > original
> > signer of the United Nations World Environment Day Urban Environmental
> > Accords, pledging that Oakland would implement 21 action steps toward
> > sustainable cities in the areas of energy, waste reduction, urban
> > design,
> > transportation, environmental health, and water including: Establish a
> > policy to achieve zero waste; and
> >
> > WHEREAS, adopting a goal of zero waste disposal and pursuing Zero
> > Waste
> > principles is consistent with, and an explicit validation of Oakland's
> > Sustainable Development Initiative and Sustainable City Goal; now,
> > therefore, be it
> >
> > RESOLVED, that the Mayor and City Council hereby adopt a Zero Waste
> > Goal by
> > 2020 for the City of Oakland and direct the Public Works Agency, in
> > concert
> > with the Mayor's Office, to develop a Zero Waste Strategic Plan to
> > achieve
> > the City's Zero Waste Goal; and be it
> >
> > FURTHER RESOLVED, that Public Works Agency, in conjunction with the
> > Mayor's
> > Office, will convene a Zero Waste working group to develop a Zero
> > Waste
> > Strategic Plan that will provide guidance in the planning and
> > decision-making process to achieve the City's Zero Waste Goal; and
> > be it
> >
> > FURTHER RESOLVED, Oakland will assume a leadership role, partnering
> > with
> > other Zero Waste local, regional and international communities and
> > sustainability advocates to actively pursue and advocate for
> > strategies and
> > incentives to advance Zero Waste principles for materials
> > management, system
> > re-design, highest and best use of discarded products and
> > materials, and a
> > closed-loop sustainable production and consumption society.
> >
> >
> > Gary Liss
> > 916-652-7850
> > Fax: 916-652-0485
> > www.garyliss.com
> >
> >
> >
>
>Neil Seldman
>President
>Institute for Local Self-Reliance
>927 15th Street, 4th Floor
>Washington, DC 20005
>202 898 1610 X 210
>nseldman@no.address
>
>
>

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com


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