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By John Beltrone

The days are getting longer, and people are rediscovering the outdoors. While warmer weather brings yard work, it also gives us a chance to play, grill and get reacquainted with our neighbors. Also approaching is Earth Day 2018, happening this year on Sunday, April 22. In the spirit of protecting and enjoying our natural environment, Edgewater is taking action at City Hall and events are taking place around town.

At the next City Council meeting on May 3, council will hear a resolution to establish a temporary Sustainability Committee. This committee would be charged with writing the first-ever sustainability plan for the City of Edgewater. In doing this, we would join cities both next door to us and around the country that have already implemented sustainability plans. The process would allow the city to define what sustainability means to its citizens, identify areas to study, and recommend action. The committee would be made up of volunteers from Edgewater. It would meet publicly and seek the input of the community throughout the process.

Dedicating time to plan for sustainability will benefit the community for years to come and has the potential to become a permanent component of city planning. If adopted, the sustainability plan could be incorporated into the next Comprehensive Plan, which articulates the overall vision of Edgewater.

This model of a citizen-led effort to write a plan would not be possible without the many passionate people advocating for sustainability. Please reach out to me with any thoughts you have about a Sustainability Committee or if you would like to serve on it.

In the spirit of Earth Day, the following sustainability and outdoor service events are planned in Edgewater this month. I hope you will join us!

Edgewater Sustainability Seminar: Food Waste will be presented April 24, 7 p.m., at the Edgewater Library. Recipe developer and former personal chef Lilly Steirer will examine how 40 percent of food is wasted in the United States and provide steps consumers can take to reduce waste.

Spring Day of Service: Senior Yard Cleanup is held April 28, 9 a.m., at the Edgewater Recreation Center. Lend a hand to your senior neighbors by performing some basic spring outdoor chores for them. A continental breakfast before and barbecue lunch after will be provided.

Edgewater Alley Cleanup Day will be April 29, 2 p.m., at Memorial Park. Help clean up the city for the spring. Edgewater businesses will be providing snacks and beverages to volunteers.

For more information, contact Edgewater City Council Member John Beltrone at jbeltrone@edgewaterco.com or 720-643-6077.