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Sustainability website nears final stage

Posted: January 3, 2013 - 1:18am

Sustainably conscious Juneau residents will soon have a new resource for information as the City and Borough of Juneau Commission on Sustainability finalizes its long-awaited website.

The commission met Wednesday evening at the downtown library meeting room.

The site will have a similar layout to other CBJ web pages, with photos true to the topic. Its creation was called for as part of the implementing actions of Juneau’s Climate Action Plan.

The commission has collected much of the information it will use for the site launch.

Tab names on the site hint at the information to be found within — sustainable Juneau, energy, recycling, food, water and local successes in sustainability.

“It really is showcasing all of the work that has been done; all of the resources here in one spot,” CBJ liaison Beth McKibben said.

At Wednesday’s meeting the commission heard information on ground source heat pumps, included on the website. Heat pumps can pull heat from the earth or water bodies to heat homes and public spaces.

The site will allow Juneau to announce its good works and successes — like the fact that Juneau has four Energy Star rated schools.

“That should get out,” McKibben said.

Commissioners must sign off on the content one more time before passing off the rough work to CBJ Webmaster Pat McGonagall to complete the site. The commission expects to launch the site at a local event early in 2013.

However, launch of the site doesn’t mean it will cease to grow. Commissioners plan to set up placeholders to add content as information on new projects and energy sources comes in.

The commission has scheduled its annual retreat for later in January to discuss the upcoming year’s work. In February the commission will meet to elect new leadership.

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

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