Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Mayor Ken Williams

12/14/2021

 

I am proud to announce the formation of the Sustainability ad hoc for the City of Oregon. The idea of working on sustainability issues was first brought up by Commissioner Mel Cozzi about a year ago. Over that time, she has worked closely with Darin DeHaan, our City Administrator, to formulate a vision on how we can tackle these challenging topics to the future of our community.

This Ad Hoc will be formed as a 5-person ad hoc committee led by Commissioner Cozzi and working with Darin as liaison for the City. The purpose is to educate, advocate, and support the environment, as well as provide guidance on the economic and social sustainability of the community through partnerships with our residents, businesses, and visitors.

We recognized that Oregon is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and beauty. It is important for us to honor the gifts that ecotourism affords our residents and visitors and know it’s imperative to protect those for future generations.

This volunteer group will begin the process of formulating an action plan to provide suggestive guidance for the city in energy and natural resource conservation. The diverse membership on the committee will be an invaluable resource for community outreach and education programs.  I am thankful for the following individuals who will dedicate their time for this important purpose.


Commissioner Melanie Cozzi:

“The purpose of the committee is to educate, advocate, and support the environment while focusing on Oregon’s economic prosperity. We value our residents, businesses, and surrounding natural resources and by zooming out and offering best practice guidance for economic/social growth we can assure we build a future that benefits the present generations without compromising future generations. This committee will look to meet once a month, discuss issues related to energy and water conservation, increase green spaces downtown & reintroduce native plants, create interactive and educational programs that provide valuable information for our residential/business community, and provide guidance to the city council on future developments.”

Committe Members:

Mel Cozzi (Commissioner)
Tim Benedict (Blackhawk Hills Regional Council)
Vic Zaderej (Local Entrepreneur, business owner and Electrical Engineer)
Steve Rypkema (Ogle County Solid Waste)
Russell Brunner (Byron Forest Preserve – Oregon Resident)
Darin DeHaan, City Administrator – (City Liaison)

Agenda and Minutes:

Sustainability Committee Agenda – 1-10-22