[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Castle 10-28-1975 by L.L. No. 12-1975; amended in its entirety 9-23-2008 by L.L. No. 6-2008. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Solid Waste Advisory Board is hereby continued and shall function in accordance with this chapter but shall hereafter be known as the "Sustainability Advisory Board," which shall have all the powers and be subject to all responsibilities given to, imposed on or required by such Board by any local law, ordinance or resolution of the Town Board of the Town of New Castle, presently in effect or hereafter adopted, with respect to regulation of refuse collection, recycling and other similar and related matters. The Sustainability Advisory Board will also assume the following specific duties related to the reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions:
Review data and baseline information and assist the Town Board of the Town of New Castle in establishing medium and long-range targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and developing a program to achieve those targets. Such review will include evaluation of policies and recommendations relating to energy management, transportation, waste management, construction, and land use;
Conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast to determine the source and quantity of greenhouse gas emissions in the Town, including a review of energy audit reports for all existing public buildings and facilities, and a review of existing and proposed public transportation policies Town-wide;
Make recommended modifications to improve fuel efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and promote alternative fueled vehicles in fleet use;
Continue to monitor and promote the reduce, reuse and recycle approach to waste management on a Town-wide basis, including schools and businesses;
Establish, implement, and monitor an educational effort to inform residents and promote the benefits of reducing energy use and the reduce, reuse and recycle approach to waste management, and to encourage the use of green products and renewable energy sources by holding Town forums, maintaining a web page and providing regular communication in the Town newsletter;
Work with the Conservation Board to establish, implement, and monitor water conservation practices to protect and conserve our water supplies;
Advise on local building codes and guidelines for new construction and renovation projects to promote environmentally sustainable practices;
Monitor and report the impact of land use initiatives on achieving targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
Recommend new technology and research into alternatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cooperating with other municipal jurisdictions and neighboring communities to amplify positive results.
[Amended 5-8-2018 by L.L. No. 7-2018]
The Sustainability Advisory Board shall consist of between five and 11 members, as determined by resolution of the Town Board. Members may be residents or nonresidents of the Town of New Castle. They shall serve without compensation and shall be appointed by the Town Board of the Town of New Castle to serve for a term of two years or until their successors are appointed. In addition to the members to be appointed as described above, the Town Board may appoint up to four student members to serve on the Sustainable Advisory Board for a one-year term.
Vacancies on such Board shall be filled by appointment by the Town Board in the same manner as original appointments and, where occurring otherwise than by expiration of term, shall be for the unexpired term of office.
The Chair shall be appointed by the Town Board every two years, and shall be the executive officer of the Board and shall preside at meetings of the Board. The Chair may appoint committees, with the Sustainability Advisory Board's approval, with such duties as may be lawfully prescribed.
The Town Board shall designate one of the members of said Board as its Chair, who shall serve for a term of one year from such election or until a successor is chosen, whichever is greater. The Sustainability Advisory Board shall hold at least three regular meetings each year and at such other times as the Chair may deem necessary, which meetings shall be open to the public.
The Sustainability Advisory Board shall take and keep in a proper book true and correct minutes of all meetings; and each member shall be notified of the time and place of all meetings at least five days in advance whenever reasonably practical.