Miami, FL Establishing A "Miami Green Procurement Program"
Status: Adopted on 4/12/07
File ID: 07-00493
A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO DEVELOP AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A "MIAMI GREEN PROCUREMENT PROGRAM," THAT ESTABLISHES PURCHASING POLICIES THAT ENCOURAGE THE USE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE GOODS AND SERVICES BY THE CITY OF MIAMI ("CITY"); DIRECTING THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO PRESENT SAID ORDINANCE WITHIN SIXTY DAYS TO THE CITY COMMISSION FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.
WHEREAS, during the past five (5) years, the City of Miami ("City") has launched a comprehensive and ambitious environmental program to clean our streets, our waterways, brown fields, storm drains, and improve our air and water quality, thus reversing decades of environmental neglect; and
WHEREAS, in furtherance of this environmental program, Mayor Manuel A. Diaz ("Mayor") was one of the first United States Mayors to sign the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (the "Agreement") committing cities to take actions to reduce global warming pollution by striving to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor's commitment to join other mayors throughout the country (today 400 mayors representing over 58 million people have signed the Agreement), brought the issue of environmental policy to the forefront of South Florida priorities; and
WHEREAS, during the Mayor's 2006 State of the City Address, core steps for environmental policy were etched out, increasing the level of focus on innovation, and developing a strong foundation for environmentalism; and
WHEREAS, one of those steps was to develop a procurement program that favors environmentally preferable goods and services; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes the need to support markets for recycled and other environmentally preferable goods and services by affirmatively encouraging city departments, offices, agencies and contractors to buy and use such goods and services whenever practicable and to encourage vendors to make such goods and services available in the marketplace; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes as a long term objective the need to integrate environmentally preferable policies into all City purchases; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes that its departments have a significant role to play in creating and encouraging a market for environmentally preferable goods and services through their procurement practices; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to exercise its power as a participant in the marketplace to ensure that purchases and expenditures of public monies are made in a manner consistent with the policy of encouraging the development and sales of environmentally preferable goods and services; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to establish a "Miami Green Procurement" policy addressing the management, operation, and procurement of environmentally preferable goods and services;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI FLORIDA:
Section 1. The recitals and findings contained in the Preamble to this Resolution are adopted by reference and incorporated as if fully set forth in this Section.
Section 2. The City Manager is directed to develop an ordinance establishing a "Miami Green Procurement Program," that establishes purchasing policies that encourage the use of environmentally preferable goods and services by the City.
Section 3. The City Administration is directed to present said ordinance within sixty days to the City Commission for its consideration.
Section 4. This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption and signature of the Mayor.