Agenda and draft minutes
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report informs the Task Group of the information gathered to date
in support of their objective to examine how York might best
balance economic, social and environmental factors to realise its
goal of being a more sustainable and resilient “One
Members considered a report informing them of the information gathered to date in support of their objective to examine how York might best balance economic, social and environmental factors to realise its goal of being a more sustainable and resilient ‘One Planet’ city.
Officers gave a brief background to the report and in response to Member questions clarified:
· A report would be taken to Executive on 16 March providing an update on how the Council was working towards becoming a One Planet Council, including progress towards the new One Planet Council Policy, new One Planet Council Action Plan (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and delivery of the new Carbon and Resource Smart Management Plan.
· The Grant Thornton Vibrant Economy Index had been widely praised by the One Planet York Leadership Group as a way of measuring progress. Statistics were compiled from statutory responses and the information was meaningful and comparative.
· A ‘Better Decision Making Tool’ had been developed to encourage transparency and informed decision making. It was hoped this would be fully integrated into the Council’s decision making process and a plan would be developed in order to ensure that Officers and Members were fully trained in its use.
During discussion some of the following issues were raised:
· The importance of communicating the One Planet York vision across the Council through use of branding and logos, showing a commitment to our partners.
· It was vital that time and effort be put in to enabling people to use the framework effectively and allowing them to engage with the One Planet York principles.
· There was an awareness that leading sustainable cities balanced social, economic and environmental factors. It was important that economic factors did not always take precedence.
· Getting ward committee and public support was crucial to the vision being adopted. It was suggested that Members of the Task Group could roll the framework out in their wards as a pilot.
· Training materials, displays etc would be helpful for ward Members involved in this way.
· It was requested that Members receive an update on the Urban Living Pilot Project once work was complete.
Resolved: That the Task Group formulated its recommendations so that a Draft Final Report could be presented to CSMC.
That the Committee recognises the opportunities that
exist within the One Planet York framework and urges the Executive
to show its ambition to become a One Planet Council by playing a
leading role in further building the OPY network and maintaining a
strong focus on the OPY vision. CSMC is asked to endorse the
following recommendations in relation to the remit in paragraph 8
of the draft final report.
i. Review what leading sustainable cities and those similar to York are doing in seeking to balance economic, social and environmental needs.
a) The Council fully utilises the opportunities presented by the One Planet York framework to drive organisational efficiency and effectiveness through the principles of a One Planet Council and further mobilise the wider city towards ... view the full minutes text for item 3.