Mayor’s Sustainability Commission

The Mayor’s Sustainability Commission was established in 2008 to advise the City on sustainable practices. Since that time, the Commission has worked with various groups in the City to develop new sustainable policies that have positively impacted city government and the residents of Little Rock.

The Commission founded and organizes the Little Rock Sustainability Summit, which features prominent experts and elected officials who have spoken about their successes in environmental stewardship across the country. The Commission spearheaded a sustainability assessment that made eight key recommendations for the City to become more eco-friendly. In 2010, the Commission helped promote the City’s Green Building Incentive Program that provided financial incentives for residential buildings that are built to ecologically friendly standards. In 2011, the Commission drafted guidelines for expanding Farmers’ Markets throughout the City, so that fresh produce can be made available to residents in all parts of our community. In 2015, the Complete Streets Ordinance and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Ordinance were passed by the Board of Directors with the support of the Sustainability Commission. In 2015, the Sustainability Commission unveiled the City's first sustainability plan at the 2015 Sustainability Summit. The City of Little Rock sustainability plan, titled the "2020 Sustainability Roadmap," has 17 goals that the Commission is currently working to fulfill. 

To view the Sustainability Commission Bylaws click here

For more information about this commission, contact Tabitha "Faith" Mullins at (501) 371-4586 or tmullins@littlerock.gov.

You can also stay updated with the Sustainability Commission and other things related to sustainability by liking and following the "Sustain Little Rock" facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LRSustainability/  

Meetings

The Sustainability Commission meets the fourth Friday of every month at the Willie L. Hinton Resource Center located at 3805 W. 12th Street. Meetings are open to the public. 

2018 Schedule: 

January 26th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

February 23rd, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

March 29th, the Ninth Annual Sustainability Summit from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

April 27th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

May 18th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Please note this meeting is occurring on the third Friday of the month, not the fourth.)

June 22nd, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

July, Summer break  

August 24th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

September 28th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

October 26th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

November 30th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Members

Robert Airo  Frances Frazier
Rachel Furman Neil Gillespie
Chris Hiryak Ron Hughes
Uta Meyer Randy Pierce
Linda K. Smith Leisa Wamsley
Clint Whitley Karen Zuccardi
 

Chair: Neil Gillespie, ngillespie@sbcglobal.net

Vice-Chair: Randy Pierce, rpierce@goldmanrecycling.com

Secretary: Linda K. Smith, lksmith@usgbc.org

Committees

Currently the Commission is working in alignment with the City of Little Rock 2020 Sustainability Roadmap. Our five committees mirror the five tenants of the Roadmap and serve to promote the goals within each tenant. If you would like to assist one of the committees in achieving the Roadmap goals please contact the committee chair, to find out the current committee meeting times and locations. To view the 2020 Sustainability Roadmap click here

Energy: Robert Airo, raairo@uams.edu

Working Goals: 

- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program education

- Energy Efficiency of City Facilities

- Fleet Carbon Reduction

- Port Authority shingle pile solution

- LED city streetlights

Built Environment: Clint Whitley/Ron Hughes, clint@eesfirm.com, rhughes10@comcast.net

Working Goals:

- New Residential Energy Label  

- Promoting Green Roofs

Economic Development: Neil Gillespie, ngillespie@sbcglobal.net

Working Goals: 

- Gain new members

- Sustainable Business Recognition Program 

The Natural Environment: Chris Hiryak, chris@littlerockurbanfarming.com

Working Goals: 

- Policy development for Banning Yard Waste Plastic Bags

- Policy development for Tree Canopy Growth and Protection 

Quality of Life: currently filling this position

Working Goals: 

- Rain garden/barrel development

- Incentives for rain gardens

- Ideas for tactical urbanism (pop-up BikePed improvement projects)

- Stormwater regulations and policy development 

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Click below for information on other commissions:  

Little Rock Sustainability Commission

Bicycle Friendly Community Committee

Sister Cities Commission

Mayor's Tourism Committee