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Council selects sustainability committee members

Ten chosen to lead group in guiding future Forest Grove city policies


After two years of steady work, Forest Grove’s ad hoc committee on sustainability reached a milestone Oct. 28 when the Forest Grove City Council voted unanimously to accept its action plan — as well as to approve the formation of an official sustainability commission.

The city accepted applications for committee members and chose them at the Jan. 27 council meeting. Members are:

n Brian Schimmel, a manager at Intel and head of the community outreach program at Sonrise Church Forest Grove;

n Dale Feik, a retired teacher;

n Robin Lindsley, a citizen activist who retired from an ?? position with Portland Public Schools;

n Hope Kramer, a chemical engineer who once worked for Exxon Mobile Chemical Company in Texas but now co-owns Urban Decanter and Power Systems Plus, a power-generator sales and repair company; Kramer is also connected to Gaston-based Kramer Vineyards;

n Elaine Cole, sustainable practices coordinator for Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus;

n Karen Pfeiffer-Hoyt, marketing and outreach coordinator for Adelante Mujeres;

n John Hayes, director of the Center for a Sustainable Society at Pacific University and also a board member with both the Forest Grove School District and the Fernhill Wetlands Council;

n Mitch Taylor, a longtime forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry;

n Deke Gundersen, a professor of environmental studies at Pacific University; and

n Leslie Applegate Lanzar, an odor control technician for Recology, which helps recycle waste materials.

Six of the 10 were members of the city’s previous ad hoc sustainability group.

The commission will meet at a date to be determined and review and evaluate the plan, giving recommendations to the council. Principles from the plan will be used to guide city policies related to sustainability: the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions.

— Debby de Carlo



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