Before we held the Supervisor Candidate Forums on the Environment earlier this month, we asked all the candidates to respond in writing to six questions on environmental and energy topics. This week we’ll finish posting the candidates’ responses by district. You can find responses from Hunter Mill supervisor candidates here and from Providence supervisor candidates here.
Today we hear from Braddock. Two Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent Green Party candidate are running to fill the supervisor seat currently held by John Cook, who will retire at the end of his term.
The Democratic candidates are Irma Corado and James Walkinshaw. They will face off in a primary on June 11. The Republican is Jason Remer, and the Independent Green Party candidate is Carey Chet Campbell. All four participated in our May 9 candidate forum (we hope to have video of the forum available soon). Here are all four candidates’ responses to our questions.
Earlier this year the Board of Supervisors passed a board matter titled Fairfax Green Initiatives, which outlined several steps the county might take to address climate change. As a supervisor, what policies (either from Fairfax Green Initiatives or alternatives) would you advocate to make Fairfax County carbon neutral?
CAMPBELL: Yes. Yes. Yes. I, Carey Chet Campbell, am the Greenest candidate for Braddock Supervisor.
It’s not even close.
I, Carey Chet Campbell, am the most pro-environment candidate for Braddock.
I, Carey Chet Campbell, promise and pledge to be the Greenest, most pro environment Supervisor in Fairfax County history. My friend Jean Packard, former Board Chair, as every Green in Fairfax knows, set a high bar.
Green Party, environmental issues have been my life’s work for 40 years as a self identified Green Party member since the 1970’s, and meeting Green Party founder Petra Kelly (G). I co-founded the Independent Green Party of Virginia 20 years ago. As an Independent candidate, I am endorsed by the Independent Green Party.
I support the Fairfax Green initiatives. We need do more. Let’s require all new developments be car-free, car-less. We need less traffic. Let’s create more walkable, bikeable, pedestrian, rail friendly communities. The American Lung Association gave Fairfax County a poor grade for air quality just last week. Breathable air is a matter of life and death. We need to act now on positive life saving solutions.
We need “More Trains, Less Traffic”. Rail saves lives. We need light rail on the beltway. Bring underground Boring Company technology rail to Braddock. Add dedicated passenger track for Virginia Rail Express (VRE). Install electronic signs. Bring Bike share to all Virginia Rail Express (VRE) stops Backlick, Rolling Road, Burke. Bring Virgin Hyperloop rail stop to Braddock. Every dollar invested in rail creates $21 dollars in economic benefit. Rail increases the value of our homes, businesses, and communities. Rail grows revenue for our schools, police, and fire departments.
The same is true for bikes. Fairfax Transportation Department studies show. When we build protected bike lanes we save lives. Walkers, Bikers, and drivers feel safer, and more secure. People slow. Accidents decrease. Businesses benefit from extra foot traffic. Profits increase. Walking, biking, and rail are Green money makers. Green Planet savers. Bring Bike Share to Braddock. Bring Bike Share to George Mason University, and Fairfax City. Bike Share to Northern Virginia Community College. Bring Bike Share to all Braddock District High Schools.
Let’s cut all taxpayer subsidies to zero for fossil fuel, big asphalt, big auto. Shift taxpayer dollars to pedestrians. Build sidewalks, protected crosswalks. Create road diets. Save annual recurring asphalt costs. Build protected bike lanes. Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z data shows their generations have fewer autos. They aren’t even getting licenses. They know. Walking, biking, rail grow our economy, and save on health care costs. Blood pressure declines. Obesity rates are lower for walkers, bikers, rail riders. They have fewer heart attacks. Green growth is smart growth.
Let’s require 100% renewable energy in all new developments. My house uses 100% renewable energy. I walk it like I talk it. My home in North Springfield is a plus energy house. Nine years ago we installed geothermal heating and cooling. Eight years ago we installed 51 solar panels. My house produces more energy than it consumes. With Green energy, every house and building in Braddock District can produce more energy than it consumes now.
I am a 30 year Braddock District taxpayer and resident. During 30 years in Braddock, I’ve never owned an auto.
- Climate Action Plan – We need to develop a comprehensive county-wide energy plan that sets private sector energy goals as well as public county goals and tracks our progress, holding the county accountable. Fairfax County government and Fairfax County Public Schools contribute only 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the county which means that an overwhelming part of our GHG emissions come from private residences and businesses.
- Energy Efficiency – Many residential and commercial properties can become more energy efficient with retrofit and renovation projects. Energy efficiency does not only reduce our carbon emissions but can also cut energy costs for many dwellers. The county should be looking at ways to promote energy efficiency through a targeted workshop series and incentive efforts like C-PACE.
- Clean Energy for All – I believe Fairfax County must work more aggressively to transition towards renewable energy. Through Solar Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) and other similar programs we can facilitate this transition at no cost to the county. Additionally, Fairfax County itself should continue lobbying Richmond to ease back limitations for solar farms so that the county and those who are not homeowners can benefit from clean energy production.
REMER: I think we are at a groundbreaking point in time for environmental issues here in Fairfax County. The Fairfax Green Initiative received 100% support from the Board of Supervisors and truly is embraced by both parties.
With the advancement of hybrid and electric vehicles and a driver of one myself, I am encouraged by the number of electric charging stations that are popping up in public locations. This gives citizens a great deal of incentive to purchase these vehicles which help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I also will consider seeking other incentives that might assist the owners, such as personal property tax breaks.
In my line of work as a renewable and nuclear energy engineer, I also see the value and benefits to other types of clean energy. One logical solution is to seek out ways to retrofit existing county facilities as well as new construction, with solar panels and to utilize clean natural gas utilities. There may be an added up front cost to this, but the cost savings, as well as environmental savings, can be significant.
Lastly, I want to see an added push to encourage commuters to utilize public transportation, and to encourage our transportation partners to convert their vehicles to natural gas, hydrogen or electric. I feel if we can offer incentives to aid in this conversion, we all will win in the end.
WALKINSHAW: I fully support the initiatives in the “Fairfax Green Initiatives” Board Matter. My focus will be on making our county government carbon neutral by establishing our baseline gHg emissions and developing a concrete plan to reduce them to net zero while developing a community-wide climate action plan to lay out a path for a carbon neutral Fairfax County that engages the private sector and residents.
The Virginia Green New Deal includes four objectives: (1) a just and equitable 100% renewables plan that leaves no workers or communities behind; (2) direct large investments and job-training programs in renewables, building an energy-efficient smart grid, residential and commercial energy efficiency, and more; (3) clean water and air for all Virginians; and (4) investments in local-scale agriculture in communities across Virginia. Do you support the Green New Deal? Why or why not?
CAMPBELL: I support the Independent Green Party of Virginia Green New Deal, and the Virginia Green New Deal. The Independent Green Party Green New Deal goes farther. The Green Party created the Green New Deal decades ago. I have supported the Green Party Green New Deal proposals for forty years. Please read the book Green Growth, Smart Growth by former Green Party Senator Ralf Fuecks . This is a comprehensive Green New Deal detailed in book form. I support the Independent Green Party Green New Deal because it is about saving, preserving all life, human life on this planet. Global Warming is scientific fact. If humans do not stop this, all life is in danger. Petra Kelly, and the Green Party slogan from 40 years ago is even more true today.
We have inherited the earth on loan from our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
It is our moral, ethical, spiritual duty to preserve, protect, defend. To quote Green Party founder Petra Kelly, “If there is a future, it will be Green.”
It will be the Independent Green Party’s Green New Deal. It’s a life saver. It’s a money maker. It’s a planet saver. We are in the anthropocene era. Humans have changed the climate. With the Green New Deal we can undue the damage, save ourselves, grow the economy. Eco jobs for the economy are already an enormous success. More Americans work in renewable energy than ever. More Virginians work in solar than coal.
The Green Party was founded on the principal values of social and economic justice. That is well defined in the Virginia Green New Deal as just, equitable 100% renewable including all workers, and all communities. As a former union steward, and current union member, I believe unions help us achieve these goals. We need a fast, dramatic change in our over $4 billion Fairfax County Capital Infrastructure Budget. In the Capital Budget, we need direct large investments and renewable job training, building an energy efficient smart grid, residential and commercial energy efficiency. For clean air, clean water 100% renewable is a must. We must stop paving the planet with impermeable surface. Increasing multi-modal transport (walking, biking, rail) is the positive solution. It will cut traffic deaths, and costs. It will keep our water, and air cleaner. Investments in local scale Green agriculture cuts pollution, transportation costs, while increasing nutrient value of food. This Green initiative supports small family business.
CORADO: Yes, I fully support the Virginia Green New Deal. I believe the Virginia Green New Deal’s objectives meet the urgency with which we must advocate to protect our environment and I am proud to support an initiative committed to also promoting equity through a social, economic, and racial justice lens. The disparities that already exist in our commonwealth and in Fairfax County run risk of being further exacerbated while moving toward a new green economy without centering equity. I am ready to do my part as Fairfax County Supervisor to ensure we center working people of all backgrounds and experiences while we support their transition to new, quality, and safe jobs under the Green New Deal. A “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources must also mean equitable access, regardless of community or income, to programs and new infrastructure available through the Virginia Green New Deal. We absolutely cannot leave behind anyone, particularly frontline workers, people of color, and low income community members who are often disproportionately affected by climate change and are often already dealing with health and food insecurity. I am excited to fight for the Virginia Green New Deal and move forward our collective vision of 100% renewables and divestment from fossil fuels, while propelling all our community members toward this progress.
REMER: I’ve spent my career finding ways to make clean energy projects safer, more environmentally-friendly, and more efficient so that more individuals, companies, and governments are attracted to invest resources.
I support bringing business, community, schools, and government together to scale up our use of clean energy, to incentivize keeping our water and air cleaner, and improving education programs that provide skills for the energy jobs of tomorrow. However, at a time when so many Fairfax families are already being left behind and struggling to afford the basics of housing, getting to work, and healthcare, I cannot support the large government-sponsored investments the Green New Deal suggests because the money simply is not there without placing an immense new tax burden on families.
Our greatest advancements for our environment have happened not because government has told people what to do- in fact, legislation or policy is usually the last puzzle piece. Instead, I believe Fairfax County should be looking at ways to start conversations between stakeholders and make existing programs better and more efficient.
WALKINSHAW: Yes. I was one of the first candidates for Supervisor in Fairfax to support the Virginia Green New Deal because man-made climate change is an existential and immediate threat that demands bold action and initiative. While both the Green New Deal and the Virginia Green New Deal require much work in terms of developing detailed road maps, they set the goal where it should be — 100% renewable and carbon neutral. I also appreciate that the Green New Deal explodes the Republican myth that we have to choose between economic growth and addressing climate change. The truth is that climate change — much like WWII — presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to transform our economy and create good-paying jobs for millions of Americans.
As a supervisor, how would you work with the school board and the state legislature to advance climate-related issues?
CAMPBELL: As I have for years, I encourage the school board to support 100% renewable energy in all county schools. Install bike share at all county schools. Take thousands of polluting, rolling tons of steel off roads. Save lives. Cut accidents. 33,000 Americans are killed every year on our highways. 330,000 are injured. Less traffic means safer students, safer families. These Green initiatives are savings for the taxpayer, money in the bank for the tax payer. Renewable energy, solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling quickly pay for themselves. Thereafter all energy is free. Profits flow to taxpayers in new services and lower property tax rates. The state legislature should, and could create a more lucrative Solar Renewable Energy (SRECs) market. Then county government could make renewable energy profits for taxpayers. Communities in Germany make money selling their energy production. Fairfax and Virginia should do the same. There is one important way I have worked to encourage the school board, and state legislators, over decades. I’ve recruited Independent Green Party candidates to run for school board, house of delegates, and state senate. I’ve recruited a few hundred candidates since the 1990’s to run as Independent, Independent Green Party, Green Party candidates. Having those Green candidates on the ballot and in the debate has moved policy, and provided positive solutions. We need state legislators to understand more asphalt induces more traffic. The positive Green solution is High Speed Rail statewide. In Braddock we need state legislators to stop subsidizing their big oil, big auto, big asphalt campaign contributors. We need state legislators to protect pedestrians, provide sidewalks, protected bike lanes and, More Trains, Less Traffic.
CORADO: Much like the multi-layer approach required to address climate-related issues, I believe we need a holistic community-action approach in collaboration with the school board and state legislature, including public education initiatives, project-based solutions and policy changes. I will work with the school board and state legislature members to engage in deep community outreach with community members of all backgrounds to ensure diverse participation for input and decision-making while moving forward with climate-related initiatives. I will also collaborate with counterparts on the school board to identify potential ways for our school system to combat climate change, including identifying schools for solar PPAs and supporting student and school-led initiatives. Additionally, I am committed to working with the Virginia Green New Deal coalition to advance climate-related policy and changes in Richmond. I am aware that many Virginia jurisdictions and organizations have been advocating for climate solutions at the state level and I believe Fairfax County needs to be at the forefront of support to these community-powered campaigns and work to reach renewable energy goals.
REMER: Two of the biggest barriers towards better protecting our world are consumer education and job training programs. Our schools can be incubators to solve those problems.
One of my major platforms as candidate for Supervisor is improving access and variety of our workforce development program so students that don’t choose the college track have high-quality options and aren’t seen as less valuable than other students. These types of programs in electrical, plumbing, engineering, cyber security and more are critical to creating more jobs in clean energy and energy efficiency.
Our schools can also be the incubators for county-wide initiatives to reduce waste, save energy, and serve and grow healthy food for our young people.
WALKINSHAW: One of the things I bring to the table as a candidate for Supervisor is established relationships with elected officials across Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. With respect to the School Board, I’m excited about the formation of the Joint Environmental Task Force and, if elected, will seek to be appointed. Given my work with Gerry Connolly and on environmental issues at the federal level, I plan to be an active member of the Board’s Legislative Committee where I will be a strong advocate for climate-change-related legislation like Solar Freedom.
What will you do to protect Fairfax County’s green spaces and streams and to promote healthy habitats?
CAMPBELL: Protecting Green Spaces and Streams, promoting healthy habitats are issues I’ve been involved with for decades. In fact 20 years ago, I was a candidate for Director, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. I support keeping, maintaining, and expanding all our parks. Sensible eco-friendly development is vital, as are road diets. We must stop paving the planet. Impermeable surface: roads, parking lots are the problem. Polluted water drains to our streams. Less blacktop is crucial. Over twenty years ago traffic engineer Ed Tennyson, Green Party leader Paul Hughes, Smart Growth Fairfax, and I along with others, advocated for light rail on the beltway. We opposed the toll roads. That added asphalt and sediment runoff has been devastating for Lake Accotink. So, first we must fix the transportation with walk ability, bike ability, expanded rail. Then must reclaim our Green spaces from asphalt. Requiring all new development, redevelopment, revitalization to be car-free, car-less is practical, pragmatic, common sense. Green land use planning is the foundation. The book Green Growth Smart Growth provides many innovative solutions already in use around the globe.
CORADO: Green spaces and streams are important to ensuring a healthy community. I will fully advocate for the preservation and restoration of our habitats through robust public engagement. I believe that engaging community members, particularly community members who live in areas adjacent to streams, green spaces, and in nearby developments, will allow us to build a community of invested stakeholders to inform the county’s approach to habitat preservation and restoration. This community engagement will also allow us to create a mechanism of equitable accountability. Additionally, as community members understand not only the impacts on streams and natural ecosystems, but also the reduction of land, the harm caused to the Chesapeake Bay, and the public costs created because of these issues, I am confident we’ll be able to engage community members in local and state decision-making and continue to build a strong climate justice movement in our county and in our commonwealth.
When it comes to promoting healthy habitats, I believe it is important we take a holistic approach, including engaging community members, promoting strong regulations for land use/development, and maintaining and restoring our streams and green spaces. I want to be sure our county residents fully understand how stormwater runoff flows in our communities and the impact pollutants and debris have on our environment and land.
I will work with county departments, civic associations, and community members to increase county-certified habitats and additional tree canopy on properties of single-family detached homes. I would also urge developers to preserve and expand existing habitats and tree coverage and would also explore opportunities to incentivize preservation of habitats and tree coverage for residents. I also welcome any community-led initiatives from existing environmental groups.
- Lake Accotink – making sure the solution for saving the lake is cost-effective, sustainable, and slows down future erosion and environmental disruption. Deliver the project on time and within budget.
- Ensure future housing projects consider incorporating green space into their projects.
- Review park amenities to see what needs to be modernized so more residents come to our parks and more land can be protected.
- Work with community groups to examine what historical sites are endangered to increase efforts to preserve those sites and associated green space.
- Find coordinated ways to highlight our local and state parks and historic sites to increase community investment and tourism
WALKINSHAW: I have been an active member of the Friends of Lake Accotink Park for years and have participated in dozens of lake, stream, and park cleanups. Cleaning up Accotink Creek and the Accotink Watershed will be a top priority for me and I’m very excited about the pending TMDL on sediment and chloride for the watershed. The Accotink chloride TMDL will be the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia and we have an opportunity to set the standard in terms of raising awareness and developing a communitywide plan to reduce the amount of salt entering the watershed.
Recently I worked with activists and members of the Chesapeake Bay ordinance exception review committee to block a developer’s proposal to build a home within an RPA that would have contributed to erosion and sedimentation into Accotink Creek. Had that home been built it would have set a dangerous precedent and led to development on other similar lots.
How can the Board of Supervisors take the lead in reducing the immortal plastic pollution that threatens green spaces and streams in the county?
CAMPBELL: Immortal plastic. I support banning single use plastic. This is a problem created by corporations. We need corporations and the business community in general to face their duties and responsibilities to society, our communities. We must require positive solutions, action. They have not acted responsibly. The board of supervisors should use every tool at its disposal to solve this. As well meaning as volunteer groups have been for decades, that alone has not been enough. For years I was a member of a Green Party group to pick up trash along Little River Turnpike. So, I know from firsthand experience, that isn’t enough. We must demand from our corporations, and big businesses. You must fulfill your civic responsibilities to the rest of us, by being a good corporate citizen.
CORADO: Recognizing this issue is tied to our society’s reliance on producers of plastic, I am committed to working with stakeholders from different levels of government to fight the plastic problem. I want to shift our communities away from the daily reliance on plastics and promote use of truly re-usable or biodegradable materials through public education. At the same time, I want to be sure we make these options and solutions accessible to as many people as possible, including different communities, regardless of language preference or income.
I want to begin to change the culture of plastic consumption in Fairfax County towards a more sustainable solution. Firstly, we must phase out non-biodegradable materials such as plastic straws (though these should be readily available for people with medical needs) and advocate for a plastic bag tax. While these initiatives would require state permission due to the Dillon Rule, I am committed to building public support for these efforts and aggressively advocating for this transition.
I will also advocate for programs and incentives that encourage and help existing businesses transition to a green, plastic-free operation. I also want to boost existing efforts to avoid plastic consumption at county hosted events and farmer’s markets. Additionally, I would advocate for installation of public recycling bins, particularly in areas of high traffic and/or those that have been identified as spots of high plastic litter collection.
- We should review our packaging material use in our county agencies, community buildings, correctional facilities, and schools to identify waste and set goals for transitioning to more environmentally-friendly materials that are also cost-effective and similarly sustainable. In particular we need to focus on increasing the use of reusable containers.
- Challenge our students to find ways to cut down on plastic in our schools.The passion of young people is the biggest driver for change.
- Examine our recycling program and determine how we can increase the percentage of homeowner items that are actually recycled.
WALKINSHAW: We should push the General Assembly for enabling legislation to allow a plastic bag tax and restrictions on the use of plastic food ware and styrofoam. More immediately, we should limit County government purchases of plastic bags, water bottles, and food ware.
What have you done as a consumer, in your work/career, and in your public life to address climate change?
CAMPBELL: It’s been my life’s work as a Green Party member, an Independent Green Party founder. As a consumer our family consumes only renewable energy at home. Eleven years ago I reinsulated my North Springfield home. Ten years ago installed all new windows. Nine years ago we installed geothermal heating and cooling. It cut energy consumption by two-thirds. Eight years ago we installed 51 solar panels. My home produces more energy than it consumes. Later this year we have installation scheduled of two new Tesla Powerwalls (batteries that store the solar energy). As a family we compost. We use only biodegradable trash bags. Corporate farming causes great damage to the environment. I avoid eating meat. I have lived in Braddock District 30 years, and never owned a car.
I’ve had two professions over 45 years: Broadcast Journalism (15 years), Accountant (30 years). As a young TV anchor and reporter, I met Green Party founder Petra Kelly. I attended the first Green Party convention: founded on Environmentalism, Nonviolence, Social and Economic Justice, Grassroots Democracy. Reporting on Petra Kelly and the Green Party became a focus of my work.
Petra Kelly, “The Green Party is not left, not right, but out in front.”
Watch years of my Green Party interviews, and reporting on Green Party Green TV on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran, served our nation almost 40 years. I’ve spent an active 30 years serving the Braddock District community. I am a long time member of the North Springfield Civic Association and PTA. I serve now as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee. The North Springfield Civic Association elected me to serve as representative to the Braddock District Council, and the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations. The Federation elected me Vice President of the Federation. On the Federation I served as Co-Chair budget, transportation, and public safety committees, and remain a member to the environmental committee. Also worked on the Comprehensive Transportation Task Force, and most recently the Traffic Calming Committee. I, Carey Chet Campbell am the most prolific recruiter of Independent Green Party candidates for local, state, and federal office in Virginia. The Independent Green Party was founded to get apathetic voters off the couch, to the voting booth, and even on the ballot. Excite. Invite. Empower. We seek to bring conservatives, centrists, progressives, liberals together to preserve the planet, nature, and life. To get Independent, Independent Green Party Green New Deal candidates on the ballot required many signatures. I’ve personally collected hundreds of thousands of those “More Train, Less Traffic” Indy Green signatures across decades. You will remember our candidates. Retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker, retired Navy Captain J. Ron Fisher, Independent Green Party chairman Joe Oddo, Col. Jim Leslie, Vietnam veteran Terry Modglin, Dr. Katherine Pettigrew, Richard Herron, Janet Murphy, Elaine Hildebrand, Jeremy Good and many more.
Here’s my educational background.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland European Division honors grad Magna cum Laude
University of Kentucky Business & Accounting,
University of Freiburg, Germany Albert Ludwigs University German language & History
I, Carey Chet Campbell, have spent my private and public life in service to our nation, our community. It has been a life of living by example advocating Green values, protecting our environment. As Braddock District Supervisor I would bring a record of success, experience, discipline, and dedication to duty.
CORADO: I have seen firsthand the impacts of climate change, how humans have accelerated its effects, and its disproportionate impact on low-income communities. Previously, I worked with a nonprofit that provided jobs to predominantly indigenous women who lived in an informal community near one of the largest garbage dump sites in Guatemala. I developed trainings to provide them with skills to use recyclable material for their small businesses and further sustain their families. The participants in this program were indigenous workers who, due to historical discrimination, were forced into the margins of Guatemalan society. These women lived in “squatter” communities that had little to no public funding which further contributed to ongoing floods, dangerous run offs, and uncontrollable fires. This lack of funding, coupled with the lack of waste management regulations for the nearby garbage dump, forced these women to risk their lives every day just to survive. The educational and employment programs that we developed eventually sustained more than 20 women as independent contractors who learned to run a small business in the formal private sector, while using environmentally friendly practices.
My campaign is also currently engaging community members through a “La tierra es sagrada, cuídala / Earth is Sacred” initiative encouraging community members to pick up litter and recycle as appropriate. I intend to continue these types of efforts as Supervisor, including culturally relevant initiatives to increase our reach. My own experience growing up in a working-class family, also provided me learning and practice to reduce waste and my own impact on our environment as much as possible. I regularly cook meals at home, maintaining a diet mindful of our environment, buy materials second-hand, and try to reduce waste by reusing, recycling, and composting.
REMER: I take great responsibility in preserving our planet for future generation and teaching others to care about doing so. At its base, individuals must see a net benefit to themselves in any behavior, whether it be personal fulfillment, monetary reward or savings, or an improved quality of life.
When LED lighting began to become available on the market at reasonable prices, I began to replace all my incandescent lights with LEDs. Not only do they use less energy, they run much cooler and last many years. As mentioned previously, I purchased an electric Nissan Leaf and used it for my commute to DC for over a year. I recently traded for a Chevy Volt hybrid which I use for my door to door canvassing – it currently gets the equivalent of approximately 107 miles per gallon when using the batteries.
I became an engineer because I was passionate about fixing things and making them work better. I have worked in the energy field most of my career and played an important part in developing some of the largest renewable energy projects in the nation. As an example, I served as the lead independent engineer for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility which is now producing almost 400 Mw of clean electricity for California customers. I am passionate about clean energy, especially renewable and nuclear and am currently working with our national energy laboratories to improve the efficiency of clean energy systems.
Regardless of your political affiliation, we all agree our planet is fragile and been damaged through human behavior that we now have the knowledge to mitigate. As Supervisor, I would harness the government’s ability to encourage our residents to do the same.
WALKINSHAW: I worked with Gerry Connolly to launch the Cool Counties initiative in 2007 and have spent the last decade in Congress working to pass legislation to address climate change, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Cap & Trade.
As consumers, my wife and I own two electric vehicles and I aggressively proselytize their merits at any and all opportunities. We also compost food scraps and yard waste, limit the use of plastic whenever possible, use rags and cloth napkins in place of paper products, and mow our lawn with an electric lawn mower. After the election, I plan to install my own solar panels on our roof to make our household carbon neutral.