Downtown Plan Committee to Hear Environmental Concerns

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday May 16, 2006

The Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) will hear presentations from 10 departments and organizations on environmental issues germane to the Downtown Area Plan. 

Juliet Lamont from Urban Creeks Council and Kirsten Miller for Citizens for a Strawberry Creek Plaza will discuss water quality and Strawberry Creek, which runs through downtown Berkeley. Representatives from the PG&E Energy Center and Build It Green, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes green structures in California, will give a presentation on green buildings and energy efficiency. 

Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque, in conjunction with the city’s Office of Energy and Sustainability and the UC Office of Innovation and Technology will talk about waste reduction and supporting green businesses. Finally, Greenbelt Alliance, Livable Berkeley and the Sierra Club will hold a joint presentation on the environmental footprint of downtown Berkeley. 

DAPAC will also hear a wrap-up of goings-on from the Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which met in private May 5. 

The meeting, the committee’s 10th, takes place Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.