Nevada City Sustainability Team


It was in March of 2010 when the Nevada City City Council unanimously approved the creation of a holistic plan for the entire city of Nevada City.

Upon the council’s approval, City Councilwoman Reinette Senum (2008-2012) organized an ad hoc committee of local experts and residents to establish the framework for planning and to identify and prioritize projects.

Following the city’s approval, approximately 100 Nevada City residents, business owners and stakeholders attended two half-day workshops and identified over 60 current sustainable projects and more than 40 possible future projects in Nevada City alone.

Then Mayor Senum organized a dozen of Nevada City stakeholders into the Nevada City Sustainability Team (NCST) that ultimately identified and vetted what would become known as the official Sustainability Matrix.

Championed by the Sustainability Team, some of these sustainable projects came to fruition such as the Commercial Street Boardwalk and Bike Racks, transformation of parking meters into Give-0-Meters, the Commercial Street Beautification, and The Alpha Building Community Collaborative (in progress).

The NCST Team no longer meets monthly, but is project-driven: when projects come along that align with Nevada City’s Sustainability Vision, former NCST team members bring to the table their expertise and experience to ensure a project’s success.

The Nevada City Sustainability Team Members included: Councilmember Reinette Senum (Chair), Gary Tintle, Ben Jordan, Karin Kaufman, Tania Carlone ,Ray Bryars, Diane McIntire, Al Bulf, Marty Coleman, Mali Dyck, Carrie Monohan, Erika Kosina, and Jane Sangwine-Yager

For further information, contact former City Councilmember and Mayor, Reinette Senum, at


To create a vision for a community that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality, and to develop strategies for its implementation, long-term management and economic viability.

Our Vision includes:

Economic Objectives:

  • A resilient and vibrant local economy anchored by a broad spectrum of local, environmentally friendly businesses.
  • Diversity of economic opportunities that support people’s capacity to meet their basic needs fairly and efficiently.
  • Local investment mechanisms that nurture long-term vitality and financial independence.
  • Productive community members whose knowledge and skills are locally, regionally, and globally competitive, supported by lifelong education and exploration.
  • A diversity of affordable housing options that are appropriate for the economic resources of residents.
  • Dependable public transportation and communication infrastructures.

Environmental Objectives:

  • Protected, clean, and sufficient supplies of water, land, and air that support species abundance and diversity.
  • Efficient use and re-use of resources, elimination of harmful toxins and emissions, and a reduced reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Energy security in the form of clean, local, and sustainable energy resources.
  • Food security in the form of access to healthy, locally grown and produced food.
  • Healthy, energy-efficient buildings that support the well-being and livelihood of our residents and workforce.

Community Objectives:

  • Self-reliant and involved citizens who feel connected to their community.
  • Community leaders who embrace and foster a culture of stewardship and sustainability.
  • A safe, pedestrian-friendly downtown area with vibrant, active public spaces.
  • Preservation of our historical heritage/built environment that maintains our city’s character and sense of place.
  • Compact new development that supports healthy lifestyles of community members of all ages, encourages walking and bicycling, and maximizes infrastructure investments while preserving natural resources.