One of Dublin's newest administrators plans to help residents, businesses and new developments be more than green.

One of Dublin's newest administrators plans to help residents, businesses and new developments be more than green.

The recent reorganization of the city administration included the creation of a new position: sustainable programs administrator.

The position was filled from within the city, with Jamie Adkins moving over from the planning department.

Adkins said sustainability has three elements: economic vitality, environmental preservation and social well-being.

"Sustainability is basically about identifying those key things that are critical for everyday life and identifying systems to ensure you can sustain those over a long period of time," she said. "So from a community perspective, it's those things that the city and community need to live out their day-to-day lives and municipal operations."

Before becoming the city's point person on sustainability, Adkins tried to move Dublin in that direction in the planning department by adding sustainable elements to the city's building principles.

When City Manager Terry Foegler began reorganizing city departments last year, the sustainable programs administrator position opened up.

"I think it's more of a reflection of the city placing importance on issues related to sustainability and to advance those issues," he said.

"We realized we needed a bigger effort," Adkins said. "Even though community-wide we do green projects, that's only one part of sustainability."

Adkins said her position has four focuses: educating the community on sustainability; stewardship and advocacy in the community and region; incorporating sustainable principals into municipal operations; and maintaining the program that adds sustainable principles into building standards and new development.

According to Adkins, community education will be a big part of her job at first.

"A lot of people don't really know what sustainability means," she said, adding that people don't often know the many opportunities available to live sustainably.

"The city recycles, but we want more people to recycle," Adkins said. "That means less in the landfill. We want to give people opportunities to drive less, walk more and bike more."

Although some of these ideas seem small, if more and more people do them, the effects will be noticeable, Adkins said.

"Education will be focused on not just big ideas, but decisions people can make day to day as well," she said.

Sustainable development within the city also will be a focus.

"One of the biggest things with sustainable development is minimal negative impacts and maximum positive impacts to the surrounding environment," she said.

Making development walkable is one sustainable principle the city already is exploring, especially with its Bridge Street corridor study.

Another focus for Adkins, the efficiency of city operations, will mean educating managers and employees on new ways to do things "without losing customer service," she said.

Once efficiencies are found within city operations, those tools could be shared with the community to create "a sustainable way of life in Dublin," she said.

While Adkins' responsibilities are many, she said Dublin's already taken several opportunities to be green.

"It helps that the city's been doing so much in past years," she said, noting the city's "Green Team" and a green incubator at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center.

She said the next natural step was the creation of her position, which trends show cities are adding.

"This position is becoming more and more common. We did a lot of research in this area when creating the job. We looked at cities like San Francisco (and) Boulder (Colo.) We're also seeing a trend in smaller cities and suburbs," she said.

Anyone interested in learning more about sustainability or with suggestions can contact Adkins at (614) 410-4464 or via e-mail at jadkins@dublin.oh.us.

Adkins said more information on opportunities will be available soon on the city's Web site, Dublin.oh.us.