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City to update its web presence

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 12:11am

New information for a sustainable Juneau is coming soon to Facebook and the web.

Juneau’s Committee on Sustainability discussed functional and aesthetics aspects of its upcoming web presence Wednesday afternoon at the downtown library.

The group’s website would feature information that is more static while its Facebook page and blogs can be updated more regularly. The commission’s new Facebook page already had 12 likes as of its Wed. meeting.

The new site to be built by the City and Borough of Juneau staff could offer tips on recycling, local food, water and energy use and possibly even a carpool network. Tips like ‘where can I grow my own food?’ or ‘what can I do about climate change?’ can be found near a page to help set up carpool routes, schedules and captains. The website could be a one-stop resource for local sustainability, according to the committee.

The site could also celebrate examples of sustainability in Juneau like the groundsource heat pumps at the airport and Dimond swimming pool, or Sealaska Corporation’s wood pellet boiler.

Committee members expressed opinions about the layout of the homepage. They requested an image-heavy page with video and simple, upbeat subject tabs.

“I see us developing and building this in stages,” Kate Troll sustainability committee member said. “Develop four or five tabs and that is enough to launch a website.”

Troll said tab subjects would need to be meaningful and offer sufficient information to support its own tab. Her request for the home page look was more to the point.

“I’d like it to have a lot of eye candy,” Troll said of the home page.

The site’s several tabs would lead to pages of topics such as a list of sustainable projects business and the City and Borough of Juneau are doing, Climate Action Plan and, water use, waste and recycling and energy. Practical topics visitors can apply to Juneau living.

Beth McKibben CBJ community development planner said she found several similar features examples on successful municipal sustainability websites.

“They offer good information about local recycling, local composting, local initiatives that are happening,” McKibben said. “Where can I take my old paint cans, when can I recycle it? All that other stuff is out there,” she said of broader issues, “Google it, it is easy to find.”

The committee has delegated responsibility for gathering information for the main subject tabs of the website. Committee members still have a lot of compiling and editing in their near future. However, the website has full CBJ backing.

“We have the intention,” McKibben said. “We’re going to build it.”

The sustainability commission meets next on Nov. 7. Commissioners agreed to bring their work on the website tabs so it can be discussed.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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