The Citizens Environmental Quality Committee, which is currently a subcommittee of the Winona City Planning Commission, delivered an update on its newly developed goals to the commission Monday, in an effort to move closer to its goal to become an independent committee.
The group was established in 1996, and is responsible for looking at environmental issues related to planning commission items.
Recent projects include establishing Winona as a Minnesota GreenStep City and joining Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy program to set up targets for the city’s electrical use and clean energy promotion, including a communitywide goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Other stated goals are monitoring air and water quality, as well as promoting active transportation such as walking and biking.
Dan Hall, newly chosen chairman of the committee, told the planning commission that while the group is in its infancy, it warrants a bigger role due to the increase in environmental initiatives by the city, which widens the scope of the committee’s responsibility.
Monday’s meeting did not have any official action taken, and a formal request would have to come back to the planning commission as an action item at a later date.