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October 17, 2019

City of Edmonds

Edmonds Diversity Commission seeks 2 members

Edmonds residents interested in working on issues, programs, and activities associated with the changing demographics of Edmonds, while enhancing an environment of mutual respect and understanding, are encouraged to apply to fill two open positions on the City's Diversity Commission.

The purpose of the Edmonds Diversity Commission is to promote an environment that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates diversity. The nine-member volunteer advisory Commission will:

- Serve as a resource for City government and the community by providing information, education, and communication that facilitates a better understanding and celebrates differences;

- Provide recommendations to the mayor and City Council that would identify opportunities to address diversity issues, promote diversity programs, and/or provide guidance to create a more accessible, safe, welcoming, and inclusive government and community; and

- Assist the City of Edmonds in supporting and challenging all areas of government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination.

Applicants will be reviewed and considered by the existing members of the Diversity Commission, who will make the nomination, subject to City Council confirmation. The new appointees will fill two three-year terms that start on Jan. 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2022.

Applicants must live within the City of Edmonds.

Application deadline is Oct. 28. Info: https://bit.ly/2cUKx34, 425-775-7724.

Edmonds earns 'solar business' award

The City of Edmonds joins more than 300 cities, towns, and counties across the country which have met national benchmarks for encouraging the growth of solar energy and removing barriers to solar market development.

It's the latest solar recognition for Edmonds, which received national recognition in 2017 for its efforts to promote solar energy when SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, awarded a bronze designation to the City for taking important first steps to encourage solar energy growth.

Edmonds was the first city in the state to achieve this designation.

All designees, including Edmonds, have met national criteria to prove they have streamlined local procedures to make it easier for homes and businesses to install solar energy systems.

As a SolSmart Bronze designee, the City of Edmonds received national recognition for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar. A SolSmart designation is a signal that the community is "open for solar business," helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs.

Through the SolSmart program, Edmonds received no-cost technical assistance and national recognition for its bold actions to advance solar energy locally.

"Edmonds' solar achievements include a variety of initiatives, such as reducing the cost and approval times for installing solar panels on homes and businesses, being a sponsor of a community solar project at the Anderson Center, and modifying development codes to make it easier to install solar in the city," said Planning Manager Rob Chave.

"Promoting solar energy is an important part of Edmonds' approach to sustainability, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, while at the same time reducing energy costs for our citizens."


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