Climate change is real.
I had to opportunity to visit Antarctica in 2015. Already since I have been there the landscape has changed with the calving and consequent melting of iceberg A68 in 2017. I am not a scientist, but I don't think you have to be to grasp that climate change is real.
But you don’t have to look far to see the effects of this change. We have experienced sudden winters with record setting snow falls, record setting heat in the summer and days of such poor air quality people were told to stay indoors when we should have been enjoying the summer.
I will support policy which encourages residents to move away from fossil fuels. I am interested in ways our city can invest is cooler building options like green roofs and finding grant money to help home owners with ways to reduce their carbon footprint and minimize the creation of heat islands.
l am also a strong believer in creating walk-able communities. We drive too much around here and not only is it bad for the planet, it’s bad for us. The leading indicator of how long a person will enjoy good quality of life is how long they can continue to live independently in their own homes. Living in a city which is walkable and bike friendly is crucial to improving our lives for older residents as well as being able to attract younger people who value spending more time enjoying life and less time driving.
I want to work with my colleagues in city government and the transit system on ways to incentivize infill in our communities instead of sprawl and make ridership a more attractive option.
Richland has a lot going for it with the central core. Attracting the right mix of merchants so that residents can walk or ride their bikes to shops and restaurants is a win for everybody. Finding innovative ways to partner with Ben Franklin Transit to improve frequency of routes will go a long way to improving our local environment. These are small, concrete steps the city can take now to have a positive impact on our lives which are costs effective.