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My Recent Comments
First congratulations to ASU, the Green Chamber and the candidates for an excellent event. I attended the debate and there is a critical point I want to bring forward. At first glance the views of the two candidates seemed very similar. However, there is a definite difference in philosophy that drives their views that IMHO will make a significant difference in how sustainability policy will be applied by the new mayor.
Mr Gullett said he wants to have sustainability, but he wants to have a sustainable economy as well, while Mr. Stanton stated “Sustainability has to permeate through every decision of the city.”
Both responses are valid based on their particular points of view. Mr. Gullet appears to see sustainability as a worthy destination to reach once more fundamental economic issues are achieved. Mr. Stanton’s words suggests he sees sustainability as an integral part of the process to achieve a sustainable economy. I agree with Mr. Stanton.
I believe that “promoting human prosperity and well-being for all, while protecting and enhancing the earth's life support systems,” a definition of sustainability from ASU, is a powerful tool that can be applied to create jobs, a stronger economy and a higher quality of life. This suggests however that sustainability is not an issue we can wait to consider until times are better, but instead the tool we use in concert with all others to create the prosperous city we desire.
Oct 28, 2011