Finally, Environmental Leadership
Audrey Clement announced that she will be seeking a seat on the Arlington County Board this November. At a press conference held outside the Arlington County’s government offices, while introducing a ordinance banning single use Styrofoam and plastic bags, Ms. Clement shared her vision for a Greener Arlington. http://audreyclement.org/2011/04/. Her environmental platform includes everything from offering free energy audits to citizens and businesses, to requiring accountability for those who do not recycle. Styrofoam Mom is most impressed with two areas of her campaign in particular.
Ban non-biodegradable plastic bags in all supermarkets and chain pharmacies. The enormously successful national grocery store chain Whole Foods took this approach on Earth Day, April 22, 2008, Whole Foods Market eliminated the use of disposable plastic grocery bags company-wide and began stressing the use of reusable bags. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_Foods_Market#Environmental_record
Ban Styrofoam containers in all public facilities and fast food outlets. As a loyal Ted’s Montana Grill patron I am never reluctant to wait in a long line to pick-up lunch or take home my leftover buffalo burger. Ted Turner, founder of Ted’s Montana Grill knows that penny pinching and putting hot food in Styrofoam is not only a health hazard, it is a attack on nature. With two successful restaurants in Arlington, the word is out to Arlington’s enlightened environmental connoisseurs, Ted’s is the place to eat out.
Audrey Clement is sure to receive the endorsement of the Arlington Green Party. Four years ago when John Reeder, now chairman of the Arlington Green Party, ran for county board he made eliminating plastic bags a focal point of his campaign. And it is Arlington Green Party member Miriam Gennari who still insists she had no choice but to “throw their trash back in their faces,” when she collect hundreds of styrofoam trays out of the schools dumpsters, brought them to a county board meeting and challenged both the school board and the county board on their wasteful practices. That visual statement worked, because the following year Arlington Public Schools removed Styrofoam trays from the lunch menu and exchanged for a biodegradable tray.
Arlingtonian’s for a Clean Environment was invited to join in support of the ordinances, which are mirrored after the successful legislation and bans in San Fransisco. Takis Karantonis, executive director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and executive board member for Arlingtonian’s for a Clean Environment sent word that ACE was not prepared to support the ban at this time. He indicated more time and study needed to be done on the subject of paper v/s plastic, but on the subject of styrofoam he cited no reason for ACE’s lack of support. When asked for his reaction to ACE’s response, John Reeder did not seem surprised by the news. “This is not a new discussion, I approached ACE many years ago during my campaign and they said no then, here again we gave them the benefit of doubt and asked for their support once again and once again they refused.” It appears from this vantage point that ACE would rather hold feel good stream clean-ups and leave the heavy lifting, once again to the Arlington Green Party.
So far we are told by county employees that discussions on these important issues have been taking place behind the closed doors of the board members offices at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., but as of yet no official comment has been made by county officials. If you would like to help support Audrey Clement in quest for a greener Arlington visit. http://audreyclement.org/. or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them directly how you feel. You are most likely to receive a response from the two board members up for reelection, Mary Hynes or Walter Tajada. Please get involved. You make all the difference!