Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

Flagstaff Climate Action Plan Meeting Notes And Commentary

June 13, 2017 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last night the Flagstaff Sustainability Department sent out an email to interested parties asking for applications to serve on the City’s proposed Climate Action Plan Steering Committee. This committee will help put together the goals and objectives for the CAP, working alongside a third party consultant that the City is in the process of hiring.

Those interested in joining the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee can find more information at the surveymonkey link here:

Last week I posted on Twitter my concern that the public and local business community was being brought into the process a bit late. This was met with a critical response from the City, who said I was not adequately representing the public participation opportunities in the plan.

My concern stemmed from the fact that a private stakeholder meeting and two private scoping committee meetings had already been held. The scope of the plan, centered around “social justice”, has already been outlined.¬† I have been told by City staff that the scope of the plan can change with public input, but I would have liked to see that public input happen before the scope had been put in place.

Since the details of this plan will impact every resident and business within the City limits, I encourage my readers to pay close attention and make your voice heard at every opportunity.

For now, here are the meeting notes from the stakeholder and scoping committee meetings. This is an opportunity for you to read for yourself what has already been discussed and come to your own conclusions:

March 27th Stakeholder Meeting notes: stakeholder meeting

April 17th Scoping Committee notes: Meeting One

April 19th Scoping Committee notes: Meeting Two

I talked about this in a little more detail last week on the Jeff Oravits Show. You can listen to that entire show here:

DISCLAIMER: I currently serve on the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission but all of my opinions here are mine and mine alone.


The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission discusses Flagstaff’s proposed Climate Action Plan at their May meeting.


Flag Sustainability Commission Votes 4-3 To Support Carbon Tax

January 29, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission voted 4-3 at their January 28th meeting to support a resolution presented by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporting a carbon tax. The Flagstaff City Council will be voting on this resolution next week.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby created a seven page document just for me to try to convince me that this carbon tax is a libertarian, free market proposal. You can read that document here:

Citizens Climate Lobby Document For Elisha Dorfsmith

As you probably guessed, I was not convinced and was one of the three NO votes.

You can watch the entire commission meeting here:

The video below shows some of the commission discussion and the vote:


Flagstaff Considers Endorsing Carbon Tax

November 28, 2015 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Representatives from the Citizens Climate Lobby recently gave a presentation to the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission about their local resolution supporting a National carbon tax.

The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission will be voting on this resolution at their December 28th meeting. The Flagstaff City Council will be voting on this resolution in January, 2016.

If you have an opinion on this proposed resolution, you can contact the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission at: and the Flagstaff City Council at:

Below is a video of the proposed resolution presented to the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission on November 23rd.


Rosa Koire speaks in Flagstaff – 6/5/2013 Video

June 26, 2013 3 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The video of Rosa Koire (Democrats Against Agenda 21) speaking at the Cline Library at NAU on June 5th, 2013 has finally been made available and I am posting it below. The video quality is low but the audio is what matters and it’s fine.

It’s a long video but highly recommended! I learned a lot when I attended the presentation.

For more information on Rosa Koire, visit Democrats Against Agenda 21:

SEDI Gives Your Tax Dollars Away…No Strings Attached?

June 11, 2013 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Each year the City of Flagstaff gives $20,000 of your tax dollars to SEDI, the The Northern Arizona Sustainable Economic Development Initiative.

How does SEDI use those tax dollars? Well, according to the Daily Sun,  SEDI likes to give away no strings attached checks for $1,000 each to teachers who implement their goals in the classroom.

Is this how you want your tax dollars spent?

Someone with detailed knowledge of SEDI’s finances may point out that the money given away comes from other sponsors or revenue sources. Well that’s fine but if SEDI has funds to give away with no strings attached why do they still need our tax dollars?


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