Nichols Hills Commission Seeks Citizen Participation In Focus Groups


The Environment, Health and Sustainability commission is seeking to involve Nichols Hills citizens in a series of dialogs scheduled every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00PM.  Beginning in May, the series of meetings at Nichols Hills Town Hall will address focus areas suggested to the Commission by citizens interested in the environment and in  making their community a healthier and better place to live.

 

Focus areas include Community Awareness and Education, Recycling, Landscaping, Recreational Hardscape,  Water, Air Quality and Noise Pollution, Sustainable Construction, Energy and Power, Wildlife and Habitat Conservation and Health.  At year’s end, a report from the EHS Commission will be made to the Nichols Hills City Council that reflects the findings of the focus areas.

 

Springing from a grass roots community interest, the EHSC was formally created in August, 2008, to provide a body of deliberate thought focused on issues of environment, health and sustainability as this focus becomes more critical for the present and future economic efficiency of the City of Nichols Hills.

 

The focus of the EHSC is centered on sustainable design, which is defined as design that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs while ensuring continued economic success and informed consideration of social and environmental issues.

 

The Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission could become a model for small Oklahoma communities in which the population is less than 5000.   The Oklahoma Creativity Project saw this leadership potential when they awarded its Great Inspirations Recognition Award to the City of Nichols Hills for creating the Commission. 

 

“ EHS researches and makes recommendations to the City Council” explains Mary Frates, Chairman of the Commission.  “But a small commission of fifteen people needs significant input from a broad resident base to accurately reflect citizen values.  We see these focus area meetings as necessary in collecting  information that will assist the Commission in developing a Nichols Hills Municipal Sustainability Plan for consideration by the City Council.

 

It is very important that this Plan reflect the views of residents.  We hope that individuals and families, teachers and parents, and commercial and corporate representatives will attend the focus meetings every month. It's easy and fun. Just show up and voice your opinion and ideas. It's a great way to meet your neighbors and build community.”

 

Focus area meeting dates are:

 

COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

First Thursday of the Month:

May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3. 

 

HEALTH/LOCAL FOOD

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

RECREATIONAL HARDSCAPE: BIKING AND WALKING

Second Thursday of the Month:

May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December10.

 

RECYCLING: SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

WATER

LANDSCAPING

Third Thursday of the month:

May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December17.

 

ENERGY/POWER

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

AIR QUALITY AND NOISE POLUTION

Fourth Thursday of the month:

May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, and November 26.

 





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