New MB Sustainability Task Force Formed in 2018
The City of Manhattan Beach recruited community members for the formation of a new Sustainability Task Force that begin meeting in April 2018. Task force members will serve the City in a technical working group for a term of up to 12 months with the possibility to extend service at the end of one-year. The purpose of this working task force is assist the City in developing long-term Sustainability Goals, share technical skills and lessons learned from previous environmental and sustainability pursuits, and contribute to the development of policies and programs related to a variety of topics including:
- Climate action and energy
- Low-impact development and sustainable building
- Smart water management
- Reducing plastic pollution
- Greening City Hall
- Climate adaptation and resiliency
The City’s previous Environmental Task Force in 2008 and 2011 were volunteer groups of residents appointed by City Council to develop programs that promote sustainable living and raise the community’s awareness on environmental stewardship. The Task Force developed several exciting programs to help businesses, residents, schools and the City meet community-wide conservation goals. While the 2008 and 2011 Task Forces ended years ago, the City of Manhattan Beach started a new task force in 2018.
Thank You to the City's previous Environmental Task Forces!
The City congratulates both its inaugural 19-member Environmental Task Force, and its 2011 Environmental Task Force on a highly successful program. Both of these dedicated groups of community volunteers served for 18 months, and assisted the City in addressing several issue areas that are particularly important to our community.
The 2008 Environmental Task Force (PDF) was organized into four subcommittees, and they made recommendations to City Council in each of the following areas:
Development of a Climate Action Plan; Water Conservation and Storm Water Management Issues; Waste Reduction and Recycling; and Sustainable ("Green") Design.2011 Environmental Task Force
City Council appointed ten residents, and two student liaisons, to the 2011 Environmental Task Force (PDF). The 2011 Environmental Task Force focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy; water conservation and sustainable landscaping; and zero waste goals, and created several free environmental programs designed to serve a functional purpose. Divided into two broad areas of Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation, these programs are targeted to households and businesses that want to take simple steps to reduce their energy and water use, with the added benefit of seeing a savings on electricity and water bills as well. The program recommendations were approved by City Council on October 4, 2011 and included:
- Watt Watcher Energy Contest: Use the Light Bulb Finder app to save energy and win prizes for your school!
- Green Business Challenge: Save money and energy, while promoting sustainable business practices
- Solar Display at Metlox
- Landscape Sustainability Audit: FREE advice from a landscape professional
- Community Mulch Pilot Program: Visit the City’s Public Works Yard to obtain as much FREE mulch as you need
- Post Office Demonstration Garden: Leadership Manhattan Beach is raising funds to create a beautiful, sustainable garden