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Cathleen Brennan inside Sunnyvale April 5, 2017, 10:41 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
Water
Wastewater
Open Space


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
Public Works
Water - Stormwater - wastewater - recycled water
Infrastructure Replacement


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Attend neighborhood meetings
Newsletters
Social media


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
Decision should be based on qualifications of the individual.

Douglas Daetz inside Sunnyvale April 5, 2017, 12:56 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
Since I moved to Sunnyvale in 1968 I have been proud of the fact that the public services we need, many of which the Director of Environmental Services oversees, function at a high level of both service and reliability. The new Director of Environmental Services needs to maintain and even improve (e.g., with respect to cost-effectiveness, environmental friendliness, and sustainability) all the public infrastructure works we citizens of Sunnyvale count on.


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
I feel a suitable candidate for the DES position must have a multi-year history of excellent performance in a similar or related role, must be a person of honesty and integrity who has demonstrated a commitment to preserving our environment for present and future generations, and must have proven leadership, inter-personal, and managerial skills for directing the work of engineering/scientific professionals, plant managers, equipment operators, and office staff in a collaborative way. A suitable candidate should not only be able to lead the ES team and other stakeholders in developing the organization's long-term vision and nearer-term missions for the ES functions, he or she should be capable of enlisting and guiding staff of each ES function in the development of appropriate goals, strategies, and implementation plans that will accomplish the mission(s) for achieving the vision. A suitable candidate should be capable of understanding the work done -- and the processes involved in doing the work -- so as to be able to appreciate the input and feedback from staff at all levels in the ES directorate, which will increase the probability of making good decisions. A good candidate will regularly review progress toward goals, revise plans and assignments as necessary, and keep asking for excellent performance.


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Introduce himself/herself in the Sunnyvale Quarterly Report
Write a column about the activities of Environmental Services for each Sunnyvale Quarterly Report summarizing highlights of ES work during the past three months and indicating what ES work is coming up (the quarterly reports already regularly include some Environmental Services items, e.g., the water quality report)
Show up and perhaps present material at various city meetings that relate to ES activities and concerns, e.g., the meetings on Sustainability and Planning Commission meetings when the impacts on Sunnyvale infrastructure need to be considered in connection with new developments.


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
The candidate must believe that climate change is real and that Sunnyvale's ES functions must take measures in response.

Name not shown inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 10:06 PM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
Climate. Developing ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals and and effective climate action plan. Implementing the plan with urgency. Developing innovative funding sources to do so. Preparing our community for warmer temperatures, droughts, floods, and rising sea level. Getting innovative ideas into the coming Green Building Code update, since these buildings stand for decades.


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
Understanding the urgency and importance of the climate challenge. A deep and broad knowledge of best practice for Climate action, and experience successfully developing and implementing a community greenhouse gas reduction plan and monitoring/measuring results. Collaboration skills and the desire to collaborate both within the organization and the broader region. Ability to inspire action both within the organization and in the community. Knowledge of and openness to innovative ideas, such as on site waste water treatment.


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Since the Sustainability Commission is a very interested part of the community, I'd like to see the new director require that staff keep the Sustainability Commission informed about City actions relating to sustainability.

The new Director should also see that an easily-accessed web page is developed to communicate basic environmental indicators to the community, both historic and current, e.g. GHG emissions, air quality, Kw installed solar, number of electric cars registered, etc.


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
The new director needs to be a proven change-maker.

Name not shown inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 3:50 PM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
* How to deal with the environmental impact of a rapidly-increasing Sunnyvale population caused by new businesses such as the Apple campus.
* How to minimize the impact of our increasingly more crowded highways and streets
• How to keep Sunnyvale's trees healthy and flourishing
• How to get the entire Sunnyvale community involved in protecting and improving the environment


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• An impressive set of credentials with convincing examples of success in environmentalism.
• Active and successful participation in local environmental non-profits


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
• Frequent e-mails and website entries
• Establish and lead a volunteer-based environmental organization for the City. Encourage participation from all Sunnyvale citizens.
• Frequent town halls

Kirk Vartan inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 3:49 PM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
Look at how new technologies and approaches with lead the area.
Where does the city *need* to go vs. where do the residents want it to go
How does Sunnyvale remain competitive and a leader?


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
Progressive approaches.
No "it's always been does this way" stuff
How can new sustainable designs can help


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Openly...
Be proactive
Share ideas


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
Pick someone that will be progressive and lead....willing to take chances. We are in the center of Silicon Valley....be comfortable with some risk.
Let "one-off" cases exist so there can be room for innovation and advancement.

Kristel Wickham inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 11:07 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
There is a 2017 Council Priority to accelerate the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and to revise it to ensure Sunnyvale is on track to meet State GHG emission targets. This plus the open position for Environmental Services Department Director creates opportunity to fill this position with a proven champion and leader in Sustainability, Resiliency, and Climate Action.


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
- Leadership: proven effectiveness in leading an organization’s sustainability efforts (municipal or corporate) including making significant and measurable progress on Climate Action or similar plans.
- Knowledge: broad and deep knowledge of best practices for climate action and sustainability.
- Innovation: innovative ideas and financial strategies that could help accelerate Sunnyvale’s Climate Action Workplan.
- Communication: see below for interface to the community and other departments


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Continue existing department outreach including progress on purple pipe, new waste treatment plant, recycling, food scraps program, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and water quality via Quarterly Report, e-newsletters, and NextDoor postings.
Add: Educate residents and businesses on the Climate Action Plan and ways to support the goals.
Interface with a Citizen's Advisory Group for the Climate Action Plan revision.
Improve website with links to videos and resources on topics of sustainability and resiliency.
Promote more community events (not just Earth Day and Litter Pick-ups) related to sustainability.


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
Consider expanding the role of ESD Director to have
1) authority to monitor (and enforce) CAP Workplan commitments across departments, and
2) responsibility to coordinate across departments (especially Planning) regarding Climate Action Plan acceleration.

Patricia Collins inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 9:06 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
(1) Regional leadership through Sunnyvale's sustainability efforts and accomplishments
(2) Continued excellence in the quality of water in Sunnyvale
(3) Improvements in ease of recycling for commercial and residential customers



What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
(1) Ten years of experience in environmental services
(2) At least five years of experience in ES management in mid-size to large city/cities
(3) Strong communications skills that will keep the Sunnyvale city council and community informed with accurate and timely information (MUST be demonstrated via examples of previous use of these skills)
(4) Progressive attitude regarding sustainability (must be demonstrated by innovative ideas appropriate to a city like Sunnyvale)


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
(1) Quarterly reports to the community (business and residential)
(2) Timely updates to the community via Nextdoor and email (for those who participate in that kind of communication)
(3) Availability to meet with neighborhood associations upon request (no more than annual or bi-annual per association)
(4) Educate residents about the importance of sustainability and efforts that Sunnyvale businesses are taking


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
It's important to me that the face-to-face interviews will be conducted with a heavy reliance on "tell me about a time when..." interview prompts. In most personnel choices, the best predictor of future approaches and results is past approaches and results. I think it's also important to "warn" the candidate that the residents of Sunnyvale are very active in communicating what they want and want pro-active communications.

Name not shown inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 8:46 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
1: Increase the flow of Traffic. It should not take 20 minutes to go 2 miles. Traffic light technology has advanced since the 1920s.
2: SAFE Bike lanes. If you would not trust your 5 year old to ride alone in the bike lane, it's not safe! Just painting a line down the side of El Camino and putting a picture of a bike in it, is retarded.


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
1: Can they actually drive a car? You can not expect any improvements if you hire someone with the driving skills of a turnip. If they own a Prius, they should be disqualified. If they can not drive a manual, they should be disqualified.
2: Can they actually ride a bike? Have they ever ridden to work? Are they willing to put their own children on a bike and send them to somewhere in the city?


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
I expect them to go door to door. I want them to come to me, not sit in a fancy office and expect me to come to them.


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
Money can not buy you love! I want someone with a passion to improve environmental services, not someone who just wants the paycheck. We should pay less than all the other cities in the bay area, but offer the most opportunity to make a difference.

Name not shown inside Sunnyvale April 4, 2017, 4:24 AM

What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new Director of Environmental Services to focus on?
Smoking, community garden, children activities/ programs on raising awareness in environmental matters.


What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new Director of Environmental Services to succeed in Sunnyvale? What experience and track record would be desirable?
Leadership skill, event planning, environmentally friendly,


How would you expect the new Director of Environmental Services to engage with the community?
Absolutely and most importantly to create a space for children and family to able to learn about the work of Director of Environmental Service. This way, it will inspire children to understand and care about the city environment as well as making am impact on earth. Perhaps meeting the community at public places like parks, Full Circle Farm or Charles street garden for environmental friendly events


Is there anything else you would like the City Manager to consider when selecting the Director of Environmental Services?
What can he do to support community garden, like Full Circle Farm and Charles Street community garden. As well as community or family events to raise awareness in environmental matters. Most importantly, how to make an impact in Sunnyvale so smokers stop making children and community second hand smokers.

Robert Clapp inside Sunnyvale April 1, 2017, 1:07 PM

What significant environmental concerns do you have regarding a specific project option? For each environmental concern, select the project options to which this concern relates.



Which section would you like to skip to?
Pedestrian and bike access


Which section would you like to skip to?
Traffic volumes


Please explain the nature of your concern(s) regarding traffic volumes.
We have a traffic problem. A bike and pedestrian overpass is not sufficient, Adding only buses does not deal with reality. Working parents can not wait 30 minutes for a bus when unexpected kid emergency comes up. We need bike, pedestrian, and car solution.


Which section would you like to skip to?
Other concerns / general comments


Do you live in Sunnyvale?
Yes


If you live in Sunnyvale, in which neighborhood do you live?
Other - Las Palmas


If you work or study OUTSIDE of Sunnyvale, tell us in which municipality:
Stanford