Agenda Item 6A
tAroanda Mihill, Legislative
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 6-14, Environmental Sustainability - Office of Sustainability - Established
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
(3-0): enact Bill 6-14 with amendments to establish an Office of Sustainability in the
Department of Environmental Protection and an Office of Energy and Sustainability in the
Department of General Services.
Bill 6-14, Environmental Sustainability - Office of Sustainability - Established, sponsored by
Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmembers Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was
held on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
worksession was held on February 26. At the hearing, a representative of the Executive expressed the
Executive's general support for the package of environmental initiatives (©28).
As introduced, Bill 6-14 would create an Office of Sustainability in the Department of
2008, the Council tasked a Sustainability Working Group with the
responsibility of guiding the County's greenhouse gas reduction implementation. The Working Group
has not met or produced anything in recent years.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill
his January 14 memorandum
describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©25.
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statements for this Bill are on ©66. DEP estimates that it will
need 11 positions to implement Bill 6-14 and has identified 5 current positions that address
sustainability issues. Therefore, DEP estimates that it will need an additional 6 positions to fulfill the
duties in Bill 6-14 as amended by the Committee, but notes that one of those positions would also be
used to implement Bill 2-14 (Benchmarking). DGS estimates that it will need an additional 2 positions,
but notes that 1 of those positions would also be used to implement Bill 2-14 (Benchmarking). For
FYI5, OMB estimates that the total cost would be $915,844 ($650,444 for personnel, $205,200 for
operating, and $60,200 for one-time start up costs). As part of the FY15 budget the Council recently