Activist encourages city, county to hire conservation specialist
by Jeannine Wait, contributing writer
Nov 29, 2007 | 1655 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Local citizen, environmental activist and Solutions group founder Sara Melnicoff on Nov. 27 once again asked the Moab City Council to consider her proposal that the city and county pool their resources  and hire a specialist to oversee recycling, conservation and promotion of a healthy community.

    Melnicoff has asked the city and Grand County to begin by forming a joint city/county panel to work with community members already involved in these endeavors to develop concrete examples of how the proposal would save the city and county money as well as help improve the environment. After gathering information and data, the panel would report back to the full council, which would then decide whether to implement a position to oversee these matters.

    This position could be part-time. Melnicoff said she "is not trying to create a job for herself," but she would be willing to volunteer help.

    Melnicoff then presented each city council member with a "green" bag donated by Dave's Corner Market to illustrate how a conservation specialist could make a difference in conserving resources by encouraging the public to, for example, shop with reusable grocery bags.

    She pointed out that each year in the U.S. 14 million trees are pulped to make paper bags and 12 million barrels of oil are used to make plastic bags emphasizes the amount of resources and transportation costs that could be saved with the use of reusable shopping bags.

    "When we reduce our wasteful and damaging practices here, we help people across the globe as we help ourselves" said Melnicoff.

    Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison expressed support for Melnicoff's mission, saying he has been considering the idea of some kind of sustainability initiative and that Melnicoff's idea could possibly be a part of some larger proposal.

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