Sustainability Advisory Board

Kevin Powell

The purpose of the Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) is to advise the Governing Body of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, regarding issues affecting sustainability, environmental protection, waste reduction, recycling,
energy conservation and natural resource conservation, and environmental protection. SAB was originally formed as a Lawrence Recycling Board in 1989, and changed to the Lawrence Recycling and Resource Conservation Advisory Board in 1991 (with additional responsibilities given). By 2007, the Board again recognized a need for a broadened scope and mission and became the Sustainability Advisory Board under Ordinance No. 8101.

Meeting Information

Sustainability Advisory Board Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Parks and Recreation Administration Building in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 unless otherwise stated.

For meeting cancellations, please contact Jasmin Moore, Sustainability Director, at 785-331-9813 or

Single-Use Plastic Update

The Sustainability Advisory Board voted on July 11, 2018 to explore a single-use plastics ordinance and add it to the SAB priority goals.

A subcommittee formed to develop a research approach that will:

  1. Investigate the impact of single-use plastics;
  2. Investigate policies to encourage reduction single-use plastics; and
  3. Identify policy recommendations to present to the Sustainability Advisory Board and, ultimately, to the City Commission.

The SAB subcommittee partnered with a group of University of Kansas Masters of Public Administration graduate-level students to conduct policy research during the Fall 2018 semester. The students developed an Assessment of Policy Alternatives to Reduce the Consumption of Single-Use Plastic Bags in the City of Lawrence, Kansas, which includes policy research and recommendations from the class. These are not final recommendations from the Sustainability Advisory Board.

SAB recognizes there are many perspectives regarding this topic. The subcommittee  engaged stakeholders in 2019 to gain insight into business, environmental, and social concerns and considerations regarding single-use plastics.

The Single Use Plastics Subcommittee developed a report of policy research and recommendations, which will be discussed and considered at the June 12 Sustainability Advisory Board meeting.