Take Action: Support the KPB Resilience and Security Commission
Sustainability Solutions for the Kenai Peninsula Borough
On Tuesday June 16th, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be hearing and voting on ordinance 2020-25, an ordinance creating an advisory commission on resilience and security. This commission would serve as a bridge between community members, experts and administrators to improve the borough’s ability to listen to stakeholders and to develop effective and essential policies to help prevent and prepare for the extreme climate changes underway, protecting our interests and those of future generations. Send the Kenai Peninsula Borough written testimony in support of this commission before the 16th.
How to tesify during the meeting: Testimonies will be limited to 3 minutes and will be heard on a first come first serve basis. To ensure your testimony will be heard and to help keep the meeting efficient, call the borough clerk's office at 907-714-2160 or email TShassetz@kpb.us to sign up before 4pm on Monday the 15th. Tell the clerk, where you live and that you wish to testify on Ordinance 2020-25. If you do not sign up ahead of time, there is a chance your testimony will not be heard.
Mark your calendars and make sure to join the KPB Assembly ZOOM on Tuesday the 16th. The meeting will start at 6pm and public testimony will likely begin between 7 and 7:30pm. To join the meeting from a computer, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/128871931. To attend the Zoom meeting by telephone call toll free 1-888-788-0099 or 1-877-853-5247 and enter the Meeting ID: 128 871 931.
Use the form to the right to send comments to the KPB Assembly in support of this commission. Tell them what you would like to see this commission accomplish and why you think we need this commission. The letter will go to all the assembly members but its good practice to let them know where you live and which assembly member represents you. Check out the FAQs below for more info. There are so many things this commission could do inlcuding but not limited to:
- Ensure that life-cycle cost analyses are used to price out investment in borough buildings.
- Create tax incentives for heat pumps, solar panels, and building efficiency.
- Manage borough lands to shade and protect salmon streams and buffer towns from brush fires.
- Improve food security and invest in local agriculture through education, internship programs, and leasing of borough lands to farmers.
- Improve public transportation and develop more electric vehicle charging stations.
- Develop strategic water reservoirs to protect drinking water and farms.
- Divert materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills within the borough to extend the lifetime of landfills and save taxpayer dollars;