Green Advisory Committee

Please note: The City of St. Catharines is closing several City facilities and modifying some services until early April to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The March 18 meeting of the Green Advisory Committee has been cancelled.

Statement of Purpose

The Green Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee established to advise and assist City Council and staff on matters relating to greening and the urban forest as follows:
  • Study, plan, advise, report and make recommendations on plans, programs or city by-laws related to the care, conservation, planting, pruning, removal or disposition of trees city wide by:
    • Providing input into policies and budgets related to the management of urban and rural forests.
    • Recommending ways in which the City can meet related objectives as outlined in other planning documents.
    • Advising on areas where the introduction of trees and tree cover would be beneficial or where their removal would have negative impact.
    • Identifying issues that may impact on trees, tree cover or natural systems and recommending ways to minimize impact.
    • Advising on the greening of streets, roads, parks and conservation areas, the preservation of tree cover and forest management in the City.
  • Monitor the implementation of the Green Plan.
  • Advocate for and promote the City's green spaces.
  • Actively engage the community and provide public education on the role of forests, greening, environmental stewardship, and environmental sustainability in protecting and enhancing quality of life.
  • Explore partnerships for the greening, beautification, naturalization and/or restoration of city property and semi-public land (e.g. lands owned by other levels of government, utility companies, school boards, etc.). 

Partnerships pertaining to green spaces available private land must receive Council authorization.

Composition 

 

The Committee shall be comprised of up to 8 members as follows:

  • Individuals who have a demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability. A variety of relevant skill sets, knowledge or experience representing as many of the following fields or experience as feasible is desirable: 
    • Urban forestry
    • Arboriculture
    • Landscape design
    • Horticulture
    • Environmental studies
    • Ecosystem restoration
    • Volunteer development, community outreach and public education
    • Fundraising and partnership development
    • Government policies, procedures, or budgets.

Reporting Structure 

 

The Green Advisory Committee reports to City Council through the Environmental Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the Green Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Green Advisory Committee shall be provided by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee.

Additional staff resources as required from time to time will be provided by the following departments:

  • 1 representative from Community, Recreation and Culture Services
  • 1 representative from Engineering, Facilities and Environmental Services
  • 1 representative from Municipal Works
  • 1 representative from Planning and Building Services

Membership Term

 

Term of Council, or as determined by City Council.

Membership List

Member Schedule and Location(s)

The Committee meets monthly, or at the discretion of the Chair. The meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.

Other

 

The Committee shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies.

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