Legal Strategies for Sustainability
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Sustainable development is development that enables the economic, environmental, and equitable health of the current population without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs. To accommodate new growth in the coming years, the City of Redmond can implement its own type of sustainable development to ensure a healthy future for all residents. Through partnership with the Sustainable Cities Initiative, students in the Sustainability and the Law class at the University of Oregon in spring 2016 term identified several key sustainable development principles that the City of Redmond can consider, and performed an analysis of current legal provisions around these topics to determine how the legal structure serves as a barrier or support to addressing these topics. Student work also included an investigation into best practices and case studies of how other cities across the country have addressed these topics. Student research ultimately culminated in proposals for ordinance development or revision to further the advancement of their topic in Redmond. Topics include: Group 1: Sustainable Procurement Group 2: Food Proofing Group 3: Xeriscaping Group 4: Tiered Water Pricing Group 5: Infill Development Group 6: Redmond Reduces By considering how these elements can be further incorporated into Redmond’s legal framework, the proposed ordinances can help shape Redmond as the sustainable Hub of Oregon.