ROCKLAND — The city has hired a sustainability coordinator.

Jennifer Carter of Rockland will begin her duties on Jan. 3, City Manager Tom Luttrell said Thursday, Dec. 15.

She had previously worked as county food coordinator in Chittenden County in Vermont, and prior to that was mentor coordinator for AmeriCorps in South Burlington, Vt.

The Rockland sustainability position was first created by the City Council for the 2018-2019 budget and was filled initially by Davis Saltonstall. He left the position in early 2021. The position has since sat vacant.

During the 2022-2023 budget deliberations, City Manager Luttrell had proposed eliminating the position because of other priorities. The Council, however, reinstated the position following a plea by the Rockland Energy and Sustainability Advisory Committee. The Committed contended the position would not only work toward protecting the environment but would result in net savings for the city.

“When this committee proposed climate action planning to Council in the spring of 2019, committee members clearly laid out why the climate action goals they recommended necessitated dedicated roles and positions in city government, and they made one very specific task: ‘Hire a sustainability coordinator,’” the committee stated.

The part-time position pays $28,000.

The coordinator will work to see the city achieves its climate action goals.