I am pleased to report that the legislation Councilwoman Reynolds Brown and Councilman Kenney co-sponsored to make the Office of Sustainability permanent within Philadelphia city government was positively voted out of the Committee on Law and Government earlier this week. Philadelphia has made tremendous sustainability progress over the past five years, but we have much more work to do. This measure would be a great step toward keeping the great work happening all across Philadelphia going strong.
As a next step, the legislation will have its first reading in City Council today and will then be poised for a second reading and final passage on Thursday, May 8th. Because the legislation proposes a change to the City Charter, a 2/3 majority (11 votes) will be required for passage. If it is passed by Council, the initiative would then go before voters on the November ballot. Quite a journey!
We need your help to spread the word that this is happening. If you can, please activate your networks between now and next Thursday to reach out to City Council. We want to generate as manyemails and calls to members as we can. Folks should be directed to contact their district representative along with at-large members to tell them they support Bill No. 130878 and Resolution No. 130884, which seek to make the Office of Sustainability permanent. It’s always great to talk to a member directly if they are available. But otherwise, messages with staff are just fine.
Below please find contact information for members and links to the legislation.
Thank you in advance for your help. Let me know if you have any questions or f there is anything that I can do to assist you in your outreach efforts.
Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability
The District Council Member Map can be found here.
Resolution No. 130884: Proposing an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide for the creation of an Office of Sustainability, to provide for the powers and duties of such Office, and to otherwise provide for incorporation of the Office into the City government; and providing for the submission of the amendment to the electors of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Kenney
Bill No. 130878: Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter establishing and defining the responsibilities of the Office of Sustainability; fixing the date of a special election for such purpose; prescribing the form of ballot questions to be voted on; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Kenney