What does a livable Redmond look like?

What are the qualities about Redmond that make it livable now, and what will sustain it into the future?

On Wednesday, November 3 from 4:30 to 8:30pm at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street, the City is hosting “Livable Redmond – A Community Conversation on Sustainability.” The event will feature breakout groups to encourage a dynamic discussion among attendees on what sustainability can mean for Redmond. There will also be informational displays to spark ideas, and keynote speaker Andy Wappler, former KIRO meteorologist, sustainability enthusiast and current Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Puget Sound Energy will begin the formal program at 5:30. Wappler joined Puget Sound Energy in February 2008 as part of the utility’s effort to communicate the need for renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to meet the challenge of climate change.

This is a chance for Redmond residents to make their voice heard to City officials. “Our goal is to explore potential opportunities for creating a sustainable Redmond,” explains Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “We want the community to help set the priorities we should use, much as they did for our budgeting process in 2008. Like that process, this is the first opportunity to contribute but it will not be the last.” Lori Peckol, Policy and Comprehensive Planning Manager notes, “Because two of our major plans, the Comprehensive Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, are both being updated in 2011, this is a special opportunity to incorporate sustainable principles into our plans’ policy development. As Redmond continues to grow and mature, maintaining a healthy, successful community will depend on it.”

To RSVP to the event (recommended), contact Daphne Harold at dharold@redmond.gov or 425-556-2421. Special thanks go to PCC Natural Markets for providing a light dinner to participants.

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