November has been a busy month for the Washtenaw Food Policy Council. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners officially endorsed our policy agenda, demonstrating their support for the work we are doing to make a more sustainable, viable and economical food system in our County!
The Board of Commissioners also passed two resolutions that directly support our policy agenda:
1. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing amending the Washtenaw County Procurement Policy (for County government employees) to mandate foodservice ware and packaging that is reusable, compostable, or recyclable. This is from our Policy Agenda Item #5.
2. The Local Vendor Preference Purchasing Policy – changing the County Procurement Policy (for County government employees) to give preference for locally grown, processed and prepared foods (along with local goods and services). This is from our Policy Agenda Item #4.
The Office of Community & Economic Development and the Office of Water Resources, Solid Waste Division were instrumental in preparing the materials and doing the research needed to get these two resolutions passed, as were many of our Policy Action Team members, Council members, and community members. These are big wins for the WFPC and for our County!