- I will support reducing greenhouse gas emissions through better infrastructure to walk, roll, use transit and bike.
- I will support reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing weatherization programs.
- I will support increasing composting through promoting the environmental and financial benefits.
Transportation is the largest producer of greenhouse gases in the country, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency. Better transportation options, like mass transit, adequate sidewalks, efficient land use, and bike lanes will go a long way towards improving air quality and water quality by reducing the need to drive. Fewer vehicles on the road will reduce emissions and chemical leaks from vehicles, which are a major source of water pollution in urban areas. Will better air quality in Denver affect the air quality in China or India where use of fossil fuels is still great? No. But it will help the air quality in Denver.
Commercial and residential uses are also a large contributor of greenhouse gases. Reducing the carbon footprint starts with the individual. For instance, setting the furnace a few degrees lower in the winter and using fans instead of air conditioning in the summer will help reduce each household’s carbon footprint. Irrespective of the damage done, we should not give up on creating a better path. Every effort made today adds to the collective contribution.
The City of Denver supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in houses through its Energy Efficiency Assistance Fund and Clean Energy Loan Program. Greater support through these programs will reduce the financial stress that people face cooling their homes in increasingly extreme summer heat and warming their homes in extreme winter cold. A more efficient house requires less energy.
I’ve subscribed to Denver’s composting service since it started. Trucks that haul organic waste to the compost facility are rejected if items like plastic, plastic-coated paper or metal are mixed with the organic materials. It can cost hundreds of dollars for each truck that is rejected at the compost facility to take the rejected load to the landfill. Plus, organic material in a landfill, as opposed to a compost facility, is a large source of methane gas, which has a worse effect on climate change than carbon dioxide.
I will promote and support the importance of maintaining the integrity of the compost program, improving the efficiency of existing buildings and improving mobility options through better infrastructure.