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The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network asked several questions; the answer to one is below

What do our school board candidates think about sustainability? To find out, Lake Oswego Sustainability Network asked them several questions, including:

As a school board member, what would be your top one or two sustainability priorities? What associated actions would you propose or champion to support your priorities?

All answers are posted at losn.org. Responses are in the order received.

Kirsten Aird

My top priority is to ensure and promote more safe routes to each of our schools with more students walking and biking to school more days of the school year. I would like to see greater partnership with the City to ensure connectivity for safe routes, and would like to see the district and City jointly apply for a safe routes to schools grant. I am also very interested in reducing food waste and making it easier to compost. We will need the space and human resources to make this happen, and the work to accomplish this would make for an excellent science curriculum (including food science), and should be done in collaboration with the City and the waste management contractor and the district's food service program.

John Wallin

Building our facilities to be net zero compliant (they use no more energy than they generate) or net zero ready (solar panels could be easily installed at a later date with reduced cost). A strong sustainability-focused curriculum and mindset should also be integrated into our curriculum. As we add more STEM and STEAM curriculum to our schools (hopefully at every school when we pass our local levy!), we should partner with groups such as the Watershed Council to design curriculum that gives students a connection to their environment. We should find ways to model and instruct students on sustainable life practices like composting and minimizing food waste in our schools; Finally, encouraging students to walk or bike to school regularly would connect them to their environment and also reduce auto emissions.

Kelly Calabria

— Education for our children that promotes sustainable practices by connecting them to their food via school gardens and local, healthy food enhancements

— Encouraging walking/biking to school programs and riding school bus rather than everyone driving individually

— Overseeing the bond project to make sure plans include sustainable best practices

— Emergency response: setting up response plans at all buildings sites so that we are prepared for an emergency. We need to partner with the community to set plans in place for the district buildings to be community meeting places in the event of a natural emergency.

Thank you, candidates!

Lisa Adatto is board president of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network.


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