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Before being elected mayor of West Chester, Dianne Herrin was a partner at an energy efficiency consulting firm that served commerical, nonprofit, municipal and educational clients. When she decided to run for office, she made that experience part of her platform, promising to help transition West Chester to a more sustainable future. At the end of the day, we are all in this together, and there is also strength in numbers. “Sometimes it can be discouraging — there is so much that looks overwhelming and hard to accomplish,” Jim said. “That’s why it is so important to remember that there are literally millions of ordinary people and tens of thousands of visionary local leaders who are building a future we would all want. From food co-ops, community supported agriculture (or CSAs), Cool Congregations, community solar and wind projects, city bike rental programs, shared car programs, and more. We are not alone in this. Ask yourself: what would you most want to do to create a sustainable future? Then find others who are on the same path and pitch in!” “No one intentionally wants to poison the air, soil or water,” Paula adds. “We all want the lights to turn on, and we would prefer that we do no harm when they do. It was clearly no one’s intention to so deplete our natural resources or so pollute our air, water, and soil that the livability of our world would be thrown into question. Choosing sustainability means choosing to meet our needs without destroying the life support system upon which we depend. This is a great creative opportunity and adventure, which requires that we both reinvent and rediscover ways to live that sustain a stable climate, safe and clean air, water and soil. The discovery and use of fossil fuels propelled us into an industrial revolution which contaminated our natural resources beyond anyone’s imaginings. We now need to begin a new clean energy revolution which will allow us to sustain a vibrant community which prioritizes human and environmental health and safety.”

Here in West Chester, we’re well on our way to making a difference, taking steps both individually and as a business and residential community. “To many of our residents, sustainability means making conscious decisions on a daily basis about how we live — things like not using chemicals that shatter the ecological balance and harm human health, such as Round-Up, and composting food waste so it regen-

erates our soil and plant life — I could go on and on,” concludes Mayor Herrin. “Our future is bright because we have such committed and talented residents, business owners and, yes, students who care. This is our human capital, and it gives me great faith that, tomorrow, we’ll be even better than we are today, because we are all working toward a safe, clean, green, diverse, inclusive, and vibrant future, together.”

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Profile for The WC Press

The WC Press Sustainability Issue - April 2019  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Sustainability Issue - April 2019  

Voice of the Borough