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Sustainable Society:  A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.










Minutes of the meeting of __________April 3, 1995__________, continued.

A resolution submitted by Councilor ________Soulier________.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Corvallis has adopted goals which specify that it is dedicated to working with citizens, public and private entities to manage growth, enhance quality of life and protect open space and natural resources; and

WHEREAS, many of the conflicts in the State of Oregon and in local jurisdictions arising from diverse approaches and philosophies regarding natural resource use, property rights, education, crime, housing, employment, water, and land use and development are magnified or indirectly affected by pressures brought to bear by a growing population; and

WHEREAS, our state and local jurisdictions are not alone in their struggle to cope with population growth; and

WHEREAS, no single state or local jurisdiction is in a position to determine national policy regarding population, nor can any state or local jurisdiction formulate its own policy apart from national concerns; and

WHEREAS, the United States does not now have a comprehensive population policy designed to achieve a secure future, nor does the Federal Government have a deliberative body dedicated to serious debate or implementation of a plan of action regarding the impact of population on our future; and

WHEREAS, proponents of a National Optimum Population Commission propose that such a commission be appointed by the Vice President of the United States to analyze and debate the question, "What is our Optimum population?"


_Section 1_. To endorse the proposal to form a National Optimum Population Commission appointed by Vice President Al Gore which would do the following:

  • Receive input from all federal cabinet members, businesses, environmental, religious, and women's organizations, selected Ph.D. candidates focusing their research on how "optimum population" relates to their respective fields of inquiry, and psychologists, demographers, and others deemed crucial to the process.
  • Place overall emphasis upon the assessment of the nation's climate, geography, renewable resource base, cultural preferences and other factors crucial to the achievement of long-term sustainability.
  • Gather information for a three to five year period and then summarize the input and design a package of noncoercive educational, legislative, and public policy initiatives to place the USA on the path, during a long transitional period of 100 to 125 years, to achieving an optimum, sustainable population.

_Section 2_. To communicate this endorsement to State Senator Cliff Trow, State Representative Barbara Ross, U.S. Representative Charles Bunn, U.S. Senators Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood, and any other appropriate individuals or organizations.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the foregoing resolution was adopted and the Mayor thereupon declared said resolution to be adopted.


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