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INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVES (ICLEI) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOMINATION

CR. DAVID RISSTROM

 

DAVID RISSTROM ELECTED AS ICLEI INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT AND ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAIR

David Risstrom has been elected by the Executive Committee of ICLEI International as Vice President and Asia Pacific Regional Chair at the ICLEI 2003 World Congress in Athens, Greece, following his election as one of three Asia-Pacific representatives on the Executive Committee of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives.

Thank you to everyone who supported me in the election and to all of the staff who I look forward to working more closely with in the future.

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DAVID RISSTROM RE-ELECTED TO ICLEI INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

David Risstrom has been re-elected as one of three Asia-Pacific representatives on the Executive Committee of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this election. It is an indication of the strength of ICLEI that the number of candidates for election has increased at each election. Unfortunately, a number of high quality candidates were unsuccessful in their election, and I sincerely hope that they are able to contribute as much as possible to ICLEI in the future.

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DAVID RISSTROM'S 2003 NOMINATION TO ICLEI INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

I have nominated for re-election to the Executive Committee of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI). I am currently serving as an Executive Committee and Management Committee Member of ICLEI following my election to ICLEI International in 2000.

Election is by international postal ballot of the more than 600 ICLEI member cities and local government associations world-wide. Please remember, your ballot must be returned to ICLEI by 31 July 2001.

I have reproduced my nomination below for those members forming a view on how to vote and for others interested in the work of ICLEI. My nomination documents are also available as downloadable word documents: Cr. David Risstrom's 2003 ICLEI Executive Committee Nomination and David Risstrom's resume accompanying the nomination: David Risstrom's 2003 Resume. If you wish to ask me any questions or raise any issues, please e-mail me at: david@davidrisstrom.org

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DAVID RISSTROM'S DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY FOR 2003 ICLEI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION

SECTION II. DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY

II. 1 Personal Data
Name: Cr. David Risstrom
Work Position: Councillor
Work Address Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Walk, Melbourne Victoria Australia 3001
Work Phone: +613 9658 9898 Work Fax: +613 9654 2594
Work e-mail: david@davidrisstrom.org
Home Address: 22 Ross Street Northcote Victoria Australia 3070

Present Elected or Staff Position with a Local Government or Association of Local Government:
· Councillor, City of Melbourne
· ICLEI Executive Committee
· ICLEI Management Committee
· Chairperson: Melbourne Affordable Housing Company
· Chairperson: Aboriginal Consultative Group
· Chairperson: Metropolitan Environment Forum
· Deputy Chairperson: Melbourne City Council Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee
· Deputy Chairperson: Melbourne City Council Lord Mayors Drug and Safety Committee.
· Committee Member: Melbourne City Council Finance, Corporate Services and Governance Committee.
· Committee Member: Melbourne City Council Planning, Development and Services Committee.
· Committee Member: Melbourne City Council Business and Marketing Committee
· Victorian Local Governance Association delegate.
· Director: Western Regional Waste Group
· Director: MAPS Municipal Purchasing Group

Past Elected or Staff Position with a Local Government or Association of Local Governments:
· Chair: Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee [3/99 – 7/01]
· Chair: Metropolitan Transport Forum [3/99 – 12/00]
· Committee Member: Central Activities District Melbourne Police and Community Consultative Committee [3/99 – 7/01].

II. 2 Candidacy Statement: In 300 words or less, please provide a statement explaining why you wish to serve on the ICLEI Executive Committee and what leadership, resources, and/or skills you would hope to contribute to the organisation during your term in office. This statement will be used in the official ballot materials. Please type below.

Serving on ICLEI’s Executive and Management Committee from 2000 to present has been a valuable opportunity to consolidate my pursuit of environmental and governance issues and to further stimulate ICLEI activity in the region.

During my term, Melbourne has become the Australia/New Zealand ICLEI headquarters. The skills Melbourne City Council and I bring to ICLEI are demonstrated in our achievements so far. As Chair of the Melbourne City Council's Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee, and as an ICLEI Executive and Management Committee, I have worked hard to put environment high on the agenda. During that time, Council has adopted proposals I have sponsored that include:
· A $5 million Environment Initiatives Trust Fund (similar to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund).
· A strong involvement at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
· Triple bottom line accounting and reporting as Council's standard.
· Australia-wide ICLEI Green Purchasing Program Pilot.
· ICLEI Water Campaign Pilot.
· Amending the Local Government Act to include 'environmental sustainability' in the purposes of Council activity.
· People’s Forums held in the Council Chamber discussing environmental and other issues, where constituents occupy the seats normally used by Councillors.
· Establishing the Melbourne-wide Metropolitan Environment Forum, with local government, environment and community membership.

Melbourne has committed significant resources to sustain the Australia/New Zealand ICLEI headquarters. In addition to progress with Cities for Climate Protection, Council is seeking 30% reductions on 1996 greenhouse gas levels by 2010 for Council and 20% for the Community, and initiated the APEC Sustainable Cities’ 2020 Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strategy. Having Melbourne as ICLEI Regional Headquarters ensures a local government focus on the environment will be both well supported and resourced. My aim is those activities further catalyse an already impressively rate of progress in local environment initiatives within the region.

II. 3 Description of Background

In 200 words or less, please provide a description of your professional background and its relevance to the work of ICLEI. This statement will be used in the official ballot materials. Please type below.

My professional life has been geared towards environmental issues. I have served on ICLEI’s Executive Committee and Management Committees from 2000 to present. I am Deputy Chair of Melbourne City Council’s Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee, Aboriginal Consultative Committee and Metropolitan Environment Forum.

I have degrees in Science, Arts and Law. I practice as a barrister in a variety of areas. My Bachelor of Science (honours first class) examined human adaptation to stratospheric ozone depletion and global climate change. I studied environmental and international law as part of my Law degree, while working for the Australian Centre for Environmental Law in Canberra and as a consultant to the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority, and as Senior Researcher in the Australian Parliament on superannuation and gender equity. My Bachelor of Arts (social theory and politics), precedes a 3-year Doctoral scholarship currently underway examining 'Local Government and Environment'.

I was responsible for the successful lobbying to create Victoria's largest national park, the Alpine National Park and argued successfully for acceptance of wilderness as a legitimate land use. I am an active member of the Australian Greens Party. My aim is to use these skills both locally and internationally through ICLEI.

 

D. VERIFICATION OF REPRESENTATIVE STATUS WITH AN ICLEI MEMBER

This is to verify that the person submitting these Nomination Papers, David Risstrom is designated as a representative of Melbourne City Council to serve on the ICLEI Executive Committee.
[A letter has been faxed from Michael Malouf, Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne.]

E. ENDORSEMENT OF NOMINATION BY THREE ICLEI MEMBERS

1. I endorse the nomination of Cr. David Risstrom for the 2000-2002 ICLEI Executive Committee election.
[A letter is to be faxed from the City of Melbourne.]

2. I endorse the nomination of Cr. David Risstrom for the 2000-2002 ICLEI Executive Committee election.
[A letter is to be faxed from the City of Moreland, Australia.]

3. I endorse the nomination of Cr. David Risstrom for the 2000-2002 ICLEI Executive Committee election.
[A further endorsement letter will be forwarded.]

4. I endorse the nomination of Cr. David Risstrom for the 2000-2002 ICLEI Executive Committee election. [A further endorsement letter will be forwarded.]

My resume is available as a word download: David Risstrom's 2003 Resume.

 

F. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT

Cr. David Risstrom 21 March 2003.

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DAVID RISSTROM'S RECENT ACTIVITIES

· Cr. David Risstrom's Articles, Essays and Speeches
· Cr. David Risstrom's Community Involvement 2001-Present
· Cr. David Risstrom's 2002 In Review

FURTHER INFORMATION ON DAVID RISSTROM'S ICLEI RELATED ACTIVITIES

Initiatives introduced and pursued by Cr. Risstrom:
· $5 Million Sustainable Melbourne Fund.
· Adopting and Promoting The Earth Charter
· Bringing the Sustainable Living Fair To Melbourne
· Establishing The City Of Melbourne's Status as an International Leader in Environmental Sustainability
· Green Map for Melbourne
· Greening Purchasing Across Australia Through MAPS Ltd. and ICLEI
· Growing Green: A 50 year plan for our parks
· Hosting the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives
· ICLEI Water Campaign Pilot
· Indigenous Reconciliation
· Making the Town Hall the Village Green for Community Involvement
· Melbourne as an international environment leader
· Metropolitan Environment Forum
· People's Forum in the Council Chamber
· Setting the most ambitious Greenhouse gas reduction targets in Australia and achieving them!
· Triple Bottom Line Governance
· Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the City of Melbourne by 2020

ACTIVITIES OF THE ICLEI AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND HEADQUARTERS HOSTED BY MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL.

ICLEI is extremely active in the Australia/New Zealand region. Details of current activities are available as a PDF download by clicking on the title: ICLEI Australia/New Zealand Member and Participant Services: Opportunities for Involvement in 2003/4 [280 Kb].

MORE ON MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL ACHIEVEMENTS INITIATED BY CR. RISSTROM

These additional policies, initiated, introduced to Council and pursued by Cr. Risstrom, are now Melbourne City Council policy:
· Applying Ethics
· Discounted Public Transport Tickets for Staff
· Making the Town Hall the Village Green for Community Involvement
· No Woodchip Sourced Power
· Promoting Peace Over War
· Refugee Justice
· Retail and Major Event MET-ticket combinations
· Reusable Carry Bags: Bagging Melbourne (in a nice way)
· Sustainable Water Management: Have your say on a 20 year plan for our water
· Wise Water Management
· 'Your Ideas' Virtual Mailbox

These policies were developed by staff or constituents and pursued by Cr. Risstrom for adoption as Melbourne City Council policy:
· $1 million Social Housing Company to promote affordable housing in the Inner City
· A Central City Lending Library for Melbourne
· Hosting the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives

 
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