“Making Boise the most livable city in the country”
A vision that Boise City Councilwomen Lauren McLean and Sara Arkle, (Community conservation associate with ICL), have had for years now is slowly taking steps to meet the Goal of making Boise the most livable city in the country. But what does “the most livable city” really mean? “Being the most livable city means having a strong economy with equal opportunity for everyone. It’s about having a place where we love to live, clean air and a clean river, walking the hills with our families, and building strong neighborhoods.” Said McLean.
Boise City council is dedicated to creating a road map for Boise’s next 150 years. The city council makes great effort towards integrating sustainability in all the projects the city is building. McLean once stated, “Equally important is that the city of Boise should be providing its citizens with the tools to do the same. And when we remind ourselves what a great place this is to live, we’re telling the world the same and it ultimately impacts our ability to attract and retain the best and the brightest.”
The city of Boise, primarily through its Public Works Department, has already either instituted or proposed dozens of sustainability initiatives. A few examples are; the conversion of nearly 2,100 streetlights to LED technology, saving $65,000 annually, retrofitting public buildings with low-flow or automatic water fixtures, introducing solar technology to trigger an irrigation controller in Ann Morrison Park, implementing an anti-idling program, and perhaps most successfully, initiating Curb It, the city’s curbside recycling program.
This year the city council has unveiled 2 new publication highlighting livability initiatives. As their commitment to make Boise the most livable city in the country, the 47-page Livability Report and the LIV Boise Website were launched. These two publications focus on sustainable policies, practices, and partnerships in 3 strategic focus areas: Lasting Environments, Innovative Enterprises, and Vibrant communities. These publications will make the people of Boise aware that the city is on track to meet the goals they have for sustainability and how they are making it a reality. The 47-page livability report explains all the details of the City Council’s attempt to making Boise the most livable city in the country. The LIV provides all the information you need about the projects put in place to work towards the Goal of making Boise a sustainable city.
There are many efforts, not just from the city government, but from non-profit organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the city. These include schools, businesses, and other establishments that believe in the City’s Vision.
The City Council is working to give Boiseans a lasting, innovative, and vibrant community and I can’t wait to see what the future looks like in Boise, Idaho!