Interested in working on green and environmental issues in our community? Come to a committee meeting and check it out. All residents, property owners, and business owners and employees of the Nokomis East neighborhoods can join NENA committees. Joining means you attend committee meetings, design projects and implement strategies to make our community even better!
What are NENA Committees?
NENA committees are where projects come to life. Many NENA grant, event, and project ideas were generated by committees. There are currently three standing committees: Green Initiatives, Finance and Fundraising, and the Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee.
Who can be on a committee?
Anyone who lives or owns a business in Minnehaha, Morris Park, Keewaydin or Wenonah, yes! There are no other qualifications, no committee elections. You do not need to be an expert to get involved, we will make sure you get all the background info you need.
How much time commitment is involved?
Only one 90 minute meeting a month. Committee members are welcome, but not required, to volunteer additional time.
When can I join?
The committees are open, so you can join anytime. Just show up to a meeting.
Green Initiatives Information Links:
NENA Green Initiatives Committee Charter
The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) Board of Directors approved the creation of a standing Green Initiatives Committee.
Fulfilling a Need
In order to more effectively serve members, NENA must be proactive in the utilization of the resources allocated to NENA for the purpose fostering a culture of environmental sustainability within the Nokomis East Neighborhoods.
The mission of the NENA Green Initiatives Committee is to provide services to NENA members and NENA Board of Directors and staff to ensure the furtherance of Nokomis East Neighborhood Association’s organizational goals for our environment.
High Level Goals
The initial high level goals of the NENA Green Initiatives Committee are as follows:
- To advise the Board of Directors, staff, committees, and members with regards to NENA’s environmental landscape.
- To improve awareness concerning issues that may impact the environmental quality of NENA’s neighborhoods,
- To advocate for programs that address improvement of the environment.
- To advise city and developers on environment issues.
Group Composition and Expectations
The NENA Green Initiatives Committee can, but is not obligated to contain members from the following groups. Even if there is no representative from each of these organizations, the committee must maintain constant and open communications with each of the groups.
NENA Members and Volunteers
NENA Board members
Representatives from Government Agencies and Elected Officials, including the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Representatives from Nonprofit Organizations with an environment based mission or serving the Nokomis East community
Representatives from Adjoining Neighborhood Associations
Nokomis East Business Association (NEBA)
Communities of Faith
The Board of Directors will appoint a Board member to serve as a liaison each year. NENA will assign staff to support the committee.
Monthly meetings with the Green Initiatives Committee will take place at a regularly scheduled time to fit with members’ schedules. Up to 2 additional hours will be needed weekly to work toward committee projects and initiatives. Special meetings can be called by members and a yearly review will be conducted. The chair of committee will be elected by committee members for a term of not more than one (1) year.
The NENA Board of Directors is responsible for providing high level oversight to the NENA Green Initiatives Committee. The chair of the NENA Green Initiatives is responsible for bringing proposals for all major environmental initiatives to NENA Board of Directors for a vote, discussion and question. Proposals should describe any relevant and expected costs, timelines, prerequisites, risks or concerns that should be considered by the Board of Directors when voting on a particular initiative. Upon an affirmative Board vote in favor of a given initiative, the Green Initiatives Committee will meet to discuss the implementation details of that initiative. The chair, chair approved member of the Green Initiatives Committee or Board liaison will provide regular updates and recommendations to the NENA Board Members, Staff or other NENA Committees in order to support NENA’s goals, events, and mission.
The following is a small sample of initiatives that the NENA Green Initiatives Committee could possibly undertake. These are provided for the consideration of the Board in determining the need for the creation of this committee and are not an actual agenda:
- Resident education on environmental issues including but not limited to:
- Water runoff
- Yard care
- Salt and chloride use
- Native plant/pollinator habitats
- Community gardens
- Organics recycling/composting