T&E ITEM 3
February 24, 2014
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Worksession: Bill 6-14, Environmental Sustainability - Office of Sustainability
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
At the hearing, a representative of the Executive expressed the
Executive's general support for the package of environmental initiatives (©21). Council staff
will transmit any specific comments on these bills from the Executive when they are received.
Bill 6-14 would create an Office of Sustainability in the Department of Environmental
Protection. In 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 in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©5 of Bill 4-14, T&E
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©20).
Issues for Committee Discussion
Should the Office ofSustain ability be in the Department ofEnvironmental Protection?
Several individuals or organizations questioned whether there should be an Office of
Sustainability, and if so, if it should be in the Department of Environmental Protection. The
American Institute of Architects, Potomac Valley Chapter urged that full inclusion of appropriate
agencies should be mandated and because turf wars could arise, the Office should be under the