The Green Practices Committee was formed in July 2008. The Committee was formed to provide guidance to the City to continue reducing its carbon footprint in accordance with the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement by 2012 and increase green practices throughout the University City community, including the City itself, residential households, businesses, schools and other institutions.
As of August 2011, the Committee is now the Green Practices Commission. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Council. The Commission will study the sustainability practices of the City in the following areas: ecosystems/habitat, water/storm water, air quality/transportation, waste/resource conservation, land use/open space/parks, energy and green buildings.