The Lincoln Environmental Action Plan, or LEAP, has leaped into existence. Mayor Chris Beutler unveiled the draft plan on Tuesday, July 11th at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The plan is an amalgam of existing city initiatives, such as recycling, alternative energy generation and expanding trail networks, and well- considered recommendations from the Mayor’s Environmental Task Force.
The 21-page plan outlives five categories – energy, land use, transportation, waste and water – and lists 13 strategies that “should be implemented to ensure that Lincoln is protecting our environmental future.” The key point is that the plan is not an unyielding government mandate. As was made clear at Tuesday’s unveiling, the city wants citizens to help mold the plan. A feedback form is on LEAP’s webpage and an open house will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at Gere Branch Library. City officials will be there to discuss details of the plan and answer questions. Furthermore, the plan will be reviewed and updated every two years.
So what happens next? After public input has been gathered online and in-person, a final plan will go to the Lincoln City Council in August. The council will likely modify the plan before signing off on a final version.
You can watch the news conference announcing LEAP here.