Sustainability Advisory Board

Kevin Powell

The mission of the Sustainability Advisory Board is to promote environmental protection, and advocate for policies which support sustainability (including environmental protection, waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and natural resource conservation) in the City of Lawrence and to enhance the quality of life by enhancing the City’s efforts in these areas. 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

*February 13 meeting location change. Due to flooding at the Parks & Rec Admin building, the Sustainability Advisory Board will meet at the Municipal Service Operations Conference Room in City Hall. 

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 is working with a group of graduate-level students to conduct policy research during the Fall 2018 semester.

SAB recognizes there are many perspectives regarding this topic. The subcommittee plans to engage with groups of stakeholders during the first part of 2019 to gain insight into business, environmental, and social concerns and considerations regarding single-use plastics.