Sustaining the effort for West Palm’s sustainability

Talking sustainability strategy. From left: Retired teacher Jacquelyn Taylor; Mayor Jeri Muoio;  Kevin Vollbrecht, director, engineering services; Jon Ward, executive director Community Redevelopment Agency; Scott Kelly, assistant city administrator; Liz Perez, president of Collective Water Consulting engineering firm.

On the heels of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s West Palm Beach hearing Monday on sea-level rise and climate change, the city conducted a workshop Tuesday aimed at getting staff and residents focused on sustainability.

The event in the Lakefront Pavilion was conducted as part of the National League of Cities’ Leadership in Community Resilience Program, a pilot effort to bring 10 cities together to share experiences and advance efforts to counter the impacts of climate change.

Idea boards. Among other questions, participants were asked: “When you think about transportation in West Palm Beach, what are the first three words, images or phrases that come to mind?”

West Palm has been working on a number of fronts to respond to climate change, from increasing its tree canopy to shifting its fleet of cars and trucks to alternate fuels, and encouraging mass transit, bike riding and walking as alternatives to cars.

SkyBike stands have been set up downtown, part of the city’s effort to encourage riding and walking.