Robinson: Happy Earth Month!

Los Alamos resident James Robinson is chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation and a candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Candidate For County Council

April marks the beginning of Earth Month and Los Alamos will celebrate our planet with events like the annual Earth Day Festival April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and Clean Up Los Alamos April 28.

These events are fantastic opportunities for Los Alamos to celebrate the amazing nature that we are privileged to have surrounding our community and learn how we can live symbiotically with it!

However, living more sustainable isn’t just good for the Earth, it is also good for the wallet. For example, utilizing a reusable water bottle, you could save more than 167 plastic water bottles a year. At an average price of $1.00 per bottle, one could save $167 a year!

These savings also translate to our local waste stream. On average, the county will send 709 loads of waste to Rio Rancho, costing about $1,055 per load. However, with diversion techniques, like recycling, our community can save around 209 additional loads from being sent to landfill, and we hope to see that number grow with the introduction of the Yard Waste roll cart.

As a member of the Environmental Sustainability Board, I have fully enjoyed working with my fellow members, county staff, and the citizens as we address the challenges and opportunities for Los Alamos’ sustainability efforts.

As councilor, I would love to continue working with the ESB and other boards to maintain and expand those efforts. I would seek the utilization of state and federal grants to help fund those initiatives and encourage the community to suggest their ideas on how to live sustainably.

By working together, we can save not only our environment but also our wallet.

If you have an issue that is important to you and you would like to see effort put in toward that issue, please visit http://www.vote-robinson.com/the-issues.html and take the survey. I would love to hear from you!

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