Sustainability Committee

Related News Archive: 2008

LID by Example

If you’re wondering if I have a typo above, I don’t, it should be Lead by example, but this LID is for Low Impact Development.  I recently applied (on behalf of the city of San Juan Capistrano) with several of South Orange County cities for a grant with the goal of reducing urban runoff.  I could have done a retrofit to a park or a simple other project, but I wanted to do a demonstration project that would help me educate the public at large and developers on what can be done.  As a manager of the environmental division, one of my most important roles is public education.  My first thought was our city hall, a lot of grass, old irrigation system, not a great drainage system, so plenty of opportunities.  More »

Earth Day

Each year, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  When I was a teenager, I remember scuba diving in Lebanon and seeing all the fauna and flora dead, later I found out that it was an area where a sewer outfall discharged.  This made strong impression on me, and possibly why I am so passionate about protecting the environment and educating the general public about the ease of doing the right thing to protect Mother Earth.  In April, in Orange County, many events were held to raise the environmental awareness.  I am so happy to see the environmental tidal wave cover the county and the nation.   More »

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