Want to be part of Ames' climate change response? City seeking applicants for citizen committee

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

The city of Ames is looking for applicants for a committee that will help shape Ames' sustainability plan. 

The city began putting together a Climate Action Plan this year, which provides a framework for reducing local greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. The city used Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory, Forecasting, and Recommendations Reports to help create the plan. 

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Part of their plan is a citizens committee, the Supplemental Input Committee Sector Representation, to garner input from citizens. 

Applications are due July 23. Click here to apply.

"The City Council is especially interested in hearing from those groups who do not traditionally participate in our local government decision-making process," according to the City of Ames website.

The committee is meant to ensure the Climate Action Plan "engages and empowers residents, businesses, and institutions toward ownership and responsibility in ensuring a resilient and sustainable future for Ames."

The committee will be made up of a designated number of representatives from each sector: 

  • Business (Retail, Commercial, and Industrial) – 3 representatives
  • Building Contractors/Developers – 2 representatives
  • Residential – 3 representatives
  • Faith-based Organizations – 2 representatives
  • Civic/Non-Profit Organizations – 3 representatives
  • Community Schools (Ames, Gilbert, and private schools) – 3 representatives from students or school personnel
  • Non-City Government Agency – 2 representatives
  • Iowa State University Student Government – 1 representative appointed by Student Government President
  • Iowa State University students – 3 representatives
  • Iowa State University Appointees (Determined by ISU) – 2 representatives
  • City At Large – 2 representatives
  • Healthcare – 1 representative

Applicants will need to fill out their name, address, occupation, community involvement and qualifications, as well as why they want to join the committee. The committee is Mayor-appointed and is anticipated to begin work this summer and finish by the end of fall.

For more information on the committee and to fill out an application, visit bit.ly/2UPYVki

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at dgehr@gannett.com, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.