Q & A: SUSTAINABILITY
Q: Is being ‘Green’ still a priority in Clayton?
Yes! Our city has become known as a leader in the region for environmental sustainability initiatives. With the largest non-utility solar panel installation in Missouri, biking and walking paths, a smoking ban in public places, and a commitment to LEED certified building, we are positioned to continue being Green.
Q: Is there more to sustainability than environmental practices?
Yes. There are 3 prongs to sustainability; environmental, financial and social. A green and sustainable city is a community of residents, neighbors, and businesses who strive together to balance ecological, economic and social needs to ensure a clean, healthy and safe environment for all members of society and for generations to come. Sometimes referred to as a ‘Triple Bottom Line’, the reality is that you can’t be successful in one area without achieving success in the other two.
Q: What am I doing to address the Triple Bottom Line?
As an alderman for the past seven years, I am keenly aware of the challenges that impact our financial, environmental and social sustainability.
- I have supported legislation that supports environmental quality, from the no-smoking ordinance to solar panels and a reduced carbon footprint. I also support active, walkable communities.
- Regarding social sustainability, I continue to reach out to our award-winning school district, while passing progressive legislation that furthers quality for all gender relationships.
- I helped develop and I support our current budget plan, which ensures our financial stability.
- I have actively supported our businesses by starting a Buy Local movement.