Sedona, Arizona Leading the Way

The city of Sedona is doing its part in reducing the city’s ecological footprint and launching its “Sustainability Package” Check out the article in Sedona Biz

Sedona becoming a sustainable green model for the world

Sedona, AZ — Sedona Arizona, called a red rock cathedral by America’s first caretakers, is becoming a model for environmental sustainability.

Said Mayor Pud Colquitt of Sedona, “If we who love Sedona truly wish to be stewards of this beautiful land then we must make every effort to plan and strive for a sustainable environmental future not only for the present but for the generations to come.”

Some of the bold measures that cities can promote for a sustainable environment are weeding or using natural herbicides and cleaning products, natural constructions materials, low flow toilets, energy star appliances, solar, eliminating synthetic fragrances (as they have done in Canadian cities), replacing lawns with native plants, and buying hybrids and local organics.

Families can significantly help now and start slowing global warming and disease rates by switching to natural household products, cleaners, and cosmetics, carpooling, biking, and soon buying Sedona Green reusable grocery bags,” said Environmental Scientist Matthew Turner, founder of Green Sedona, who is spearheading this landmark initiative.

Turner will be finalizing this sustainability package, along with community leaders, and with the Mayor and City Council at City Hall at 6pm on June 26th.

Supporters include local celebrities, Tom and Shondra Jepperson, and Olympic Skier, Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee, whose Native Voices Foundation is partnering with Stanford University and the National Tribal Environmental Council (200 tribes) to bring their expertise to this project.

What motivated Turner, among other information, was Bill Moyer’s Trade Secrets film on PBS which filmed a Mount Sinai School of Medicine study. Moyer’s body contained a chemical soup of 84 industrial chemicals: 31 types of PCBs, 13 dioxins, and pesticides such as DDT. Our initiative could help turn around the resulting 2 billion Earth citizens suffering and dying from cancer alone, in addition to smog prevention, a major cause of global warming, said this Turner of the Tide.

Already others are excited about becoming a Sister City of Sedona said Turner.

Caesar Moreno Sr., a renowned visionary Senator of Mexico’s Baja California, wants to create a bridge of the best wisdom of the Americas,” said Chaffee. His son Caesar Jr. has the best shot as Tecate, Mexico’s first Green Mayor.

Sedona’s Green Business Plan will include different levels of participation. At the end of each year, the Mayor and Council will host a celebration, featuring many of Sedona’s finest saluting the most green businesses. Each can proudly display window stickers and plaques to let customers know the Who’s Who in championing the healthy future of Sedona and the world.

What a difference we can each make by simply using natural substitutes for business and household products, said Turner. Who knew that cosmetics, cleansers and other household products pump 100 tons of pollutants daily into Southern California air, ranking second to tailpipe emissions. These are more dangerous than smog since they are indoors, according to the California Air Resources Board (http://www.mindfully.org/Air/2003/Home-Chemicals-Smog9mar03.htm).

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