Environment and Transportation
We need to protect our air quality, restore our water quality, and most urgently, address the climate crisis. Joan is proud of the work Burlington has done to invest in clean water, environmental protection, and alternative transportation strategies.
Supporting a $30 million bond to invest in Burlington stormwater and wastewater systems, and address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into Lake Champlain. https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2018/11/07/burlington-mayor-30-million-wastewater-bond-huge-win-lake/1917573002/
Authoring and introducing a 2019 ballot item to reduce single use plastic bags. It was supported by 82% of voters, resulting in the banning of some plastic bags at both the City and State level. https://vtdigger.org/2019/01/08/burlington-voters-weigh-ban-plastics/
Supporting creation of an Urban Wilds Corridor to protect endangered plants and wildlife, and preserve opportunities for recreation and trail use in our City. She has also voted to substantially increase the number of new trees planted in and around City parks. https://enjoyburlington.com/burlingtons-urban-wilds/
Supporting bike lanes and bike infrastructure, including on North Avenue, to make cycling safe for transportation and recreation. She supported the creation of the new Shelburne Street roundabout which will improve safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians while also enhancing stormwater runoff containment. Joan has also prioritized ensuring all voices are heard during debates over changing our streets. https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Press/mayor-weinberger-celebrates-completion-of-the-shelburne-street-roundabout-project-ahead-of