Flagstaff Sustainability Commission

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Tonight the Flagstaff City Council voted 5-2 to appoint me to the Sustainability Commission. The Sustainability Commission is a seven member commission who works in line with the Flagstaff Sustainability Program to recommend policy for council to consider.

As I told the council during questioning two weeks ago, my primary motivation for applying for the Sustainability Commission was to promote food freedom and more local food.

(Please see Why Does Flagstaff Need A Food Freedom Ordinance)

Of course, the commission covers much more than that and over the past couple weeks I have been asking people what they feel the Sustainability Commission should address. Their answers have been very diverse and cover a wide variety of topics including:

1. Work to repeal excessive regulations on second hand and recycling businesses (including the recently passed second hand ordinance that puts a huge burden on second hand businesses).

2. Embrace a local currency that will encourage people to shop locally.

3. Since the city discourages lawns for businesses and homeowners, the city should set an example and replace lawns on city property with community gardens.

4. Let the public know that the water treatment plant has dozens of plastic barrels available that work perfectly for rainwater harvesting.

5. Relax current restrictions to make it easier to keep chickens in small yards.

Take them or leave them, these are just a few ideas that were suggested to me by Flagstaff residents. I want to know what ideas you have. If you would like me to bring something up to the commission, please let me know. Our next meeting will be on February 13.

Please consider “liking” the Flagstaff Sustainability Program on Facebook so you can post your thoughts and ideas and offer input.

Also, be sure to visit the Simply Flagstaff blog that my wife writes.

I encourage all of  my readers to apply for City and County boards and commissions so you can have a say in how policy is written and what ordinances and laws are passed.


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  1. carl
    January 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Didn’t see this coming. Do they plan to turn you? I don’t get warm fuzzy feelings from the term Sustainability. Good luck

  2. January 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    LOL, thanks Carl. It’s a tainted term for sure. They know they can’t turn me and that’s why there was opposition. Liberty people should apply for all commissions to have input on what policy local government puts forth. If we don’t apply, we know who will. Of course, I’m just one vote out of seven but I will do my best to steer things in the right direction.

  3. Nancy
    January 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations, Elisha!

    The commission’s stunning lack of diversity should be a concern to all citizens of Flagstaff, and I’m relieved to know there is at least one person who represents localism and liberty rather than the globalist authoritarianism of Agenda 21. Shame on the two council members who are so closed-minded and threatened by ideological diversity, they would prefer a prog stranglehold on the commission’s agenda, and refuse to allow even one alternative voice to represent residents of Flagstaff who are not progressive globalists.

    I like all of your proposals, especially the food freedom ordinance. The local, alternative currency would also be great to have in the (likely) event of an economic collapse. Promoting awareness on Bitcoin would also be good.

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