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Greenprint Governance

The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is a program of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), a 501(c) (3) charity. HVA employs both a Greenprint Director and Greenprint Manager, who are accountable for managing day to day operations, and also provides administrative and GIS support for the program.

HVA's Board of Directors has delegated substantial oversight and strategic responsibility to a volunteer Steering Committee for the Greenprint. The Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the mission and strategic focus of the Greenprint Collaborative, helping to extend its reach and forging connections necessary to make the Collaborative successful. Volunteers on the Steering Committee are drawn from members of the Greenprint Collaborative. The Steering Committee is comprises up to 16 members, one of whom is a representative of HVA. The remaining members represent their organizations. The Steering Committee may elect its own officers.

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The Steering Committee establishes its own meeting schedule and committee structures. At present, it holds its meetings quarterly and sometimes meets by conference call. There are three standing committees, and working groups are assembled from time to time for specific projects. The full Greenprint Collaborative meets semi-annually.

The Steering Committee of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is specifically prohibited from engaging in the following activities:

  • Causing the Greenprint to engage in any activities that might conflict with or otherwise compromise the 501(c)3 status of its sponsors;
  • Committing institutional resources of HVA;
  • Hiring and firing of Greenprint staff, which decisions shall remain the purview of the employing organization. In this context, the board retains the right to request the replacement or reappointment of professional staff members whose services are found to be not appropriate to the task.



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