Committee for a Better Environment
Purpose and Goals
The Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) serves the City of College Park by addressing environmental concerns that affect the quality of life of its residents. The Committee and its activities are chartered by the Mayor & Council with the goal of providing guidance and leadership to the municipal government, as well as service and outreach to the community.
In addition to its original role in promoting beautification, CBE sponsors Earth Day and Arbor Day activities in College Park, and supports other local environmental projects, such as tree plantings and cleanups. Through its workshops, CBE offers residents an opportunity to increase their environmental awareness about a wide variety of topics—including gardening and sustainable landscaping, energy efficiency, recycling, and more.
The Committee also partners with other local organizations, including the College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE) and the College Park Community Library (CPCL), to educate and inform residents of all ages about environmental issues. [link to their websites] In fiscal year 2013, for example, CBE purchased and donated many well-known and earth-related children’s books to CPCL and, for adults and older children, several award-winning documentary DVDs on topics of national and local environmental concern.
With the adoption of its new charter, however, CBE began to take a more active role in addressing planning and development concerns in our City and the Washington D.C. area. Examples of topics include: commuter issues; noise and light abatement; bicycle and pedestrian trails; and stormwater management requirements.
For fiscal year 2013, the City appropriated $11,000 for CBE to implement its programs and fund its activities. Although money in the budget is targeted to specific goals outlined in its charter, CBE is granted latitude in the actual use of its budgeted funds.
CBE consists of City citizens with an interest in improving our environment and quality of life. The Committee elects its own Chair, and receives assistance from the City Manager's Office. CBE membership is limited to a total of 25 individuals who are appointed by the Mayor & Council for renewable terms of
3 years. Committee members serve without pay.
With few exceptions, CBE meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. The City Clerk maintains a schedule of CBE meeting dates and times as a matter of public record. The Chair of CBE works with Jonathan Brown, to prepare its meeting agenda, which is mailed to members of the Committee before each meeting. Citizens who wish to propose items to the agenda should contact Jonathan Brown at least 2 weeks before the Committee meeting.
In an effort to mitigate our impact on the environment, the City of College Park has instituted the following practices and programs. more...
Know someone who has started a garden? Cleaned up a street? Made their house more energy-efficient? College Park has a great way to give them a pat on the back (and $100 worth of green merchandise!): nominate them for one of the City's Green Awards! The deadline for entries changes each year, so watch for an announcement in the City's Municipal Scene. Click here for more details.
During the last several years, CBE has created a series of brochures for residents and businesses. In addition to a brochure that presents an overview of CBE, topics covered include recycling, mosquitoes, rats, noise, grass clippings, composting, green awards, and the tree fund. Click on the link below to view or download the brochures, which are PDF files.
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