The Village Goes Green - History

The "Village Goes Green Initiative" was formally approved by the Key Biscayne Village Council in September 2007.  The VGGI received funding in the FY 2008-2009 budget to support coordination and implementation of environmentally conscious projects, events and educational outreach opportunities.

The campaign to increase awareness of what it will take to be a "green" community began on April 10, 2007, when Mayor Robert Vernon re-signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement at a Village Council Meeting. The Agreement, crafted by Greg Nickels, the Mayor of Seattle, has been co-signed by more than 430 mayors. Former Mayor Robert Oldakowski originally signed the Agreement on behalf of the Village in 2005, shortly after Mayor Nickels presented the initiative at the annual convention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago. 

Mayor Vernon symbolically re-signed the Climate Proterction Agreement at the Town Hall Meeting on Energy & the Environment  initiated by then-Councilmember Patricia Weinman on April 18, 2007. Several presentations were followed by an open forum for questions, answers and comments, as well as the availability of all types of environmental information. The Town Hall was organized to give local residents and businesspeople an idea of how easy it is to save energy and money by implementing "green" practices.

Materials from the meeting (printed on recycled paper) are available online (PDF files):

The event was videotaped for release on Channel 77, the Village's government access cable channel. The first showing was on April 18, 2007.

The Village Council approved a timeline and preliminary budget for a program that includes steps to implement the non-binding recommendations in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The proposal included short-term objectives and longer-term items for consideration in FY 2009 and beyond.






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