To educate and advocate for the protection of Collier County’s natural resources and the promotion of smart growth principles. Whether addressing sea-level rise, toxic algae, alternative energy or the development of eastern lands, the committee seeks to inform the public, engage public officials and collaborate with other allies to promote sustainable growth, protect our water resources and wildlife and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Objectives for 2021-22
Sea level rise
Through the Environmental Affairs Committee’s education and outreach efforts,
]Members of the Board of County Commissioners, the Naples City Council, the Marco Island City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and at least 15 key business leaders understand how to use the interactive tool known as ACUNE 3 (for more information, visit the Project section) to predict the possible effects of sea level rise in Collier County.
]At least 30% of the LWVCC’s active members understand the genesis, purpose and importance of the ACUNE 3.0 tool.
]At least 5 homeowner associations in Collier County understand how the ACUNE3.0 tool can be used to protect their assets.
Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA)
^ Convey LWVCC positions on proposed developments related to the RLSA to the Collier County Planning Commission (CCPC) and Board of County Commissioners (BCC) in advance of CCPC and BCC meetings (timing to be determined) through well-substantiated written arguments. The Committee also will share its opinions during every public hearing as convened by the CCPC and BCC in 2021-22.
^ Educate the readership of the Naples Daily News on what the RLSA entails and the importance of promoting Smart Growth principles through one letter to the editor/quarter and at least two guest commentaries in the year.
In addition to these specific annual objectives, the Committee also will continue to monitor key developments related to,
- Water quality including red and green algae and the use of fertilizers
- Solar energy and electric charging stations; and,
to identify potential areas for engagement and education and which will be reflected in future objectives. The Committee also will support state-level education and advocacy efforts throughout the year.