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Lake Oswego City Council candidates explain what they have done at work and in their personal lives to promote sustainability.

What do our City Council candidates think about sustainability?

To find out, the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network sent out a three-question survey asking what they would do and what they have done with respect to sustainability. This summary focuses on their current work and personal life. Unabridged answers to all three questions are posted at losn.org. Responses are in the order received.

The question: Please describe any actions that you have taken to promote sustainability in your work or in your personal life.

Donald Mattersdorff: I live close to my workplace and frequently ride my bike to work. My family is working to eliminate single-use plastic from our household. We believe in supporting local food systems and subscribe to a CSA. Finally, we have applied for the Backyard Habitat certification in order to make our yard insect and bird friendly.

Massene Mboup: At my school, we have garden beds and compost areas for the children. We also work very hard to make sure that our students have the opportunity to make the world more sustainable each day by recycling, reducing waste and eating healthy foods. In my home garden, we grow vegetables. We shop local and make our food at home, and we of course recycle.

Jackie Manz: As a city councilor, I have long been an advocate for sustainability. LED lights, the Climate Action Plan, adding bike paths and trails, and curbside composting have been achieved during my term. On the personal side: Our 1940s home has a small footprint that we've upgraded. My husband and I "fix-it" rather than land fill. I've always let our lawn brown out in the summer and don't use garden chemicals.

John Wendland: Recycling was "baked" into my DNA since I was part of the LOHS recycling effort while in high school. We have always been a recycling family. While serving on the School Board, I was a proponent for teaching our fifth- and sixth-grade science students about the Lake Oswego watershed and the impact of sustainable practices on our water quality and habitat.

Randy Arthur: At work, I am involved in sustainability actions that include: employees recycle at least 90 percent of paper products; "default" on copiers is double-sided; dishware reduces paper and plastic; upgraded HVAC controls maximize efficiency. Whenever possible, I take MAX, buses and the streetcar to business appointments. At home, we recycle as well as compost, as appropriate. I now try to avoid single-use plastics.

Daniel Nguyen: I was a big proponent of the Legislature's Clean Energy Jobs bill and wrote a supporting Op-Ed. Sustainability is a core value in our restaurant. We only use compostable or recyclable packaging, we recycle our fryer grease, and we support local jobs by using local products. We've upgraded equipment to conserve energy, like ventilation systems that reduce energy up to 70 percent.

Emma Burke: I reduce, reuse and recycle when able. I use public transit or ride-sharing options when practical. I try to purchase low-carbon consumer products. Also, as a vegan since 2009, I've eliminated my consumption of animal products. Our Girl Scout troop honors the Earth, showing ways for our girls to save our planet. Next time I invest my personal funds into another vehicle, I intend for it to be electric.

This Citizen's View was submitted by Dorothy Atwood, a member of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network's steering committee.


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