3. The final report of the Public Participation Working Group was sharply critical of the City’s current processes for obtaining the public’s opinion about important issues, and recommended many changes to these processes. Do you agree with the report’s conclusions and recommendations?
• Throughout the year, particularly during September Pollinator Appreciation Month, encourage more neighborhoods to become Pollinator Safe Neighborhoods. Encourage more retailers, landscape companies, nurseries, farms, and tree companies to become Pollinator Safe Businesses.
• HOA’s and some Boulder Housing Partner properties are lagging behind. Get them to eliminate use of pesticides and herbicides, particularly neonicotinoids and glyphosates on their properties.
• More public workshops on integrated pest management, and managing yards without pesticides/herbicides. Have City properties demonstrate sustainable landscapes.
• Expand public education – on the City’s website, Nextdoor.com, and fliers in City’s newsletter and water bills – that encourages pollinator-safe behavior and why it matters. It’s not just about bees – it’s vital to our entire ecosystem.