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Friday, April 22, 2016

Contact: Mike Journee
208-384-4402 | mjournee@cityofboise.org

City of Boise Unveils Two New Publications Highlighting Livability Initiatives

Today, Earth Day, the City of Boise unveiled two new publications – an annual Livability Report and a new LIV Boise website – that highlight the broad array of initiatives that are enhancing Boise’s celebrated livability.

As expressions of the City of Boise’s vision to make Boise the most livable city in the country, the 47-page Livability Report and the LIV Boise website (www.LIVBoise.org) actively focus on sustainable policies, practices and partnerships in three strategic focus areas: Lasting Environments, Innovative Enterprises and Vibrant Communities.

“We specifically chose today, Earth Day, to unveil these publications because of the central role sustainability plays in building a livable city,” said Mayor David Bieter. “Being a livable city means protecting and enhancing our environment, our economy, and our community — what businesses sometimes call ‘triple-bottom-line sustainability. I like to think of it as ‘triple-bottom line livability.’ These new publications will be great resources for our residents to understand our efforts and provide feedback on the work we’re doing on their behalf.”

The Livability Report, which is intended to be an annual publication, is organized by the LIV focus areas. It includes short reader-friendly sections with information about priority activities in the city, such as air and water quality, energy efficiency, entrepreneurship, workforce development, arts and culture, and housing. Each section includes a list of goals and initiatives making it easy to track the progress or status of those priorities. One section in the report, “LIV in Action,” highlights two example projects and one city department that embody LIV as a whole, balancing environment, economy, and community considerations.

The report provides a summary of past activities and a snapshot of how those initiatives are expected to move forward in the coming months and years. It also outlines short- and long-term goals and progress toward achieving those goals.

Copies of the Livability Report will be available for review at tomorrow’s Idaho Green Fest and city staff will be on-hand to answer questions. The City of Boise is a proud sponsor of the annual Earth Day event.

“The City of Boise is working hard to ensure that our actions and policies are sustainable in every way. That is the best way to ensure we protect our livability for generations to come,” said City Council President Elaine Clegg. “I’m excited to share that work with our residents and track our own progress through this report. We hope this work will inspire our residents to make changes, small or large, in their home or business and throughout their daily life.”

The website, LIVBoise.org, highlights strategic city projects and how they align with the values behind LIV Boise. They include Energize Our Neighborhoods, the Transportation Action Plan, Housing First and Sustainable Boise, among others. A video about the city’s sustainability efforts can also be found on the Sustainable Boise page (click the first image on the page’s right-hand side).

“With a deep commitment to sustainability, Boise is building a solid portfolio of cutting edge initiatives,” said Council President Pro Tem Lauren McLean.  “We believe that what gets measured gets managed. This report is our pledge to be an example to our residents, businesses, and cities around the world. Livability and sustainability are intertwined and the foundation of successful cities.”

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