City Council to revisit mission, values, vision statement

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— On Wednesday, City Council will take a second stab and adopting a new mission, values and vision statement.

Last month, Council reviewed a proposed statement but tabled the matter after a battle arose between “sustainability” versus “stewardship.”

Members of the city’s Sustainability Committee wanted the word stewardship stricken from the proposed statement and replaced with sustainability, along with an appropriate definition.

It was argued that sustainability is a more recognized term that will immediately convey to other organizations Walla Walla’s economic and environmental commitments, while the word stewardship was described as “greenwashed” by committee member Sandra Cannon.

The supporters of stewardship turn out to be close to three dozen city employees that took part in a special city focus group set up to garner the opinions of the very employees that will be required to adhere to the new statement.

Last week, the city focus group met again to consider using sustainability.

The group had no problem with using the proposed definition: “We manage and balance our economic, environmental, and social resources to meet today’s needs without compromising the needs or the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

But the group also felt “‘sustainability’ is a ‘buzzword’ and is viewed negatively by some,” according to a staff report.

On Wednesday, the vying over the vernacular could end up resolved with a compromise.

One of the suggestions staff made is to use both stewardship and sustainability in the new statement.

City Council will review the proposed statement on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

The proposed mission, values and vision statement can be viewed at the city’s website.

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