On Tuesday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's first order of business is speaking at something called "The Natural Step" team meeting. Close readers of Isthmus will remember a story we ran about a month ago called But think of the environment! That story addressed "The Natural Step" as a set of initiatives adopted by the city designed to get government departments to collaborate in pursuit of sustainability goals.
Those goals, as defined by Sweden's Natural Step movement, are:
- Don't take stuff (fossil fuels) out of the ground that cannot be reincorporated into the ecosystem.
- Don't put more manmade stuff into the ecosystem than the ecosystem can naturally break down.
- Protect the natural environment, which through processes like photosynthesis breaks down the bad stuff humans put in the ecosystem.
- Avoid systematic barriers that prevent others from meeting their needs. For instance, cities must have adequate mass transit.
Madison is one of only six U.S. cities to have adopted Natural Step ideas to date.
For more information, see The Natural Step International Gateway.
MAYOR CIESLEWICZ WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Monday, February 12, 2007
8:30 a.m. Guest on "Outside the Box," WIBA
10:00 a.m. Policy staff meeting
11:00 a.m. Alice Howard, Freddie Clark, Robert Artis, and Enis Ragland
1:30 p.m. Bob Hotz
2:00 p.m. Jim Hess quarterly meeting
3:00 p.m. Jonathan Barry, Ed Clarke, Laura Dresser, Patricia Schramm, and Enis Ragland
4:00 p.m. Jeanne Hoffman
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
9:00 a.m. Speak at The Natural Step team meeting, Overture Center
10:30 a.m. Phone calls and correspondence
2:00 p.m. Pam Williamson and mayoral assistants regarding appointments to City boards, committees, and commissions
8:30 p.m. Reception at Executive Residence after Governor's budget address
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
10:00 a.m. Staff meeting
12:00 noon Speak at Olbrich Garden's annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon, Olbrich Gardens
Thursday, February 15, 2007
7:30 a.m. Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting, 615 E. Washington Avenue
9:00 a.m. Christine Beatty quarterly meeting
10:30 a.m. Public Works Improvements (PWI) meeting, Mayor's Conf. Room
12:00 noon Common Council leadership meeting
5:00 p.m. Welcome at Imagine Green Madison Conference, Lussier Heritage Center
6:00 p.m. Mayor's Community Advisory Committee meeting, Villager Mall
Friday, February 16, 2007
9:00 a.m. Phone calls and work time
10:45 a.m. Annette Miller and Enis Ragland
12:00 noon Guest on "A Public Affair" program on WORT, 118 S. Bedford Street
2:00 p.m. Tom Carto and Mario Mendoza
6:00 p.m. Kennedy Elementary School Family Fun Night, 221 Meadowlark Drive
8:00 p.m. Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts 3rd anniversary Freedom Fest, 306 W. Dayton Street
Saturday, February 17, 2007
11:00 a.m. Judge at Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Olin-Turville Park
Sunday, February 18, 2007
9:00 a.m. Queen of Peace Elementary School pancake breakfast, 401 S. Owen Drive