Click below to listen to audio from the event.
Sustainable San Marcos has its introduction at the Council of Neighborhood Associations’ monthly meeting. Sustainable San Marcos is a program whose purpose is to provide information that helps the community live and operate in their homes and businesses in an efficient manner while saving money in the process.”It is very important,” said Sustainable San Marcos Chairwoman Betsy Robertson. “I encourage everyone to get involved; we need to care of our planet and at the same time we save money.”
The presentation cited the program’s strategy as, “(working) primarily though our committees, education, outreach, advocacy, resource, communication, events, activities, and initiatives.” The 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) committee provides for environmentally conscious activities ranging from transportation logistics, paying bills online, and energy and water audits. This committee is an ardent supporter of single stream recycling.
“Single stream recycling encourages curbside recycling with easy-to-use wheeled carts, increase quantity of materials recycled, thus decreasing landfill waste, and it produces quality manufacturing feedstocks,” said Sustainable San Marcos Board Member Steve Harvey.
The 3Rs committee is taking a special interest in initiating a campaign sign recycling program.
San Marcos is currently in the midst of an election year, therefore the committee has made it a goal to recycle 2500 signs in San Marcos; and build support in surrounding areas. They will collect/recycle plastic election signs and drop them off at the Green Guy recycling center for four days after the election.
“We need to make this a joint effort between the city, the citizens, candidates, Green Guy Recycling and Sustainable San Marcos,” said Harvey.
Other committees within this program include, Edible San Marcos, Energy, Transportation, and Green Building. According to the presentation the Energy, Transportation, and Green Building committees are not currently active.
Robertson said the Edible San Marcos Committee’s mission is “to promote gardening and locally grown food.” This committee takes part in and supports home gardens, farmer’s markets, and community gardens. The San Marcos Community Garden is open to anyone in the city and rents plots for $20 per year. The Edible San Marcos Committee is working to introduce community supported agriculture- where area farmers deliver a box of produce to subscribers weekly for a set fee.
“Community gardening is fun and you share with people around you that have a common interest,” said Robertson. “Everyone should take part in it, if you’re not as experienced you can learn a lot from those around you.”
The Edible San Marcos Committee host how-to workshops that teach composting, market garden tour, and double-digging.
The Sustainable San Marcos presentation claims to encourage living thoughtfully, conserving resources, and saving money. Membership is open to all who support the mission, there are no dues; however, contributions of time, talent, and money are welcomed.
To see a set of the photos Andy took at the event, click here.
Also, a link to the presentation made by Sustainable San Marcos can be downloaded here in .pdf format.
By ANDY SEVILLA
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