Policy Summary

This policy directs the city manager to develop, implement, and maintain an energy-conservation plan and lists "promoting the use of neighborhood gardens" as one of several possible environmentally-friendly avenues for the city to consider in its plan.

Background Information

State Missouri
Jurisdiction Name Ferguson
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Limited scope
This provision is essentially an administrative policy that directs the city manager to implement and maintain a plan to reduce city energy use and waste. It may have city-wide effects, but it only sets requirements for that administrative office.
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

See reference to "human health." § 2-4 (2).

Environmental goal?

See references to e.g., "energy conservation," and "environmentally-friendly." § 2-4.

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although not entitled "intent" or "purpose" the first sentence of the section lays out the purpose: "In order to reduce paper usage and waste and increase efficiency, the city manager shall develop, implement and maintain a plan to reduce at least thirty (30) percent less energy of its 2008 usage and twenty (20) percent of the 2008 waste generated by the city." § 2-4.

Includes definitions?

§ 1-2

Addresses implementation?

Section 2-4 directs the city manager to develop an energy-conservation plan, establishes a deadline for city energy and waste reduction, requires annual reporting to city council, and sets forth various possible environmental-friendly avenues and processes for the city to consider in its plan. § 2-4.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

The provision provides that "[a]s part of the budget process, the city manager shall include an annual report to the city council reporting the energy consumption performance for that previous year and the plan of reduction or plan for continued maintenance." § 2-4. However, it is not clear whether this will lead to change (especially related to healthy food access or otherwise) or merely report on the activity.

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Chapter 2, Administration, Article I., In General. History: Ord. No. 2009-3382, § 1, 2-24-09.


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