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11.05.2007

Green Economy for Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Democrat's editorial on Sunday spoke about encouraging a green economy. A commitment to the environment and a commitment to supporting green businesses begins with simple steps. Two that come to mind that could be instituted immediately have to do with solar power and our utility companies.

First, Talquin Electric Cooperative could adopt net metering.
Second, the City of Tallahassee could provide an alternative for businesses who install and generate power from solar so that they were not metered with a second peak demand meter when the business was not pulling power from the original meter.

Additionally: Realistic solutions to public transportation that are not based upon the same 1950's model, permeable surfaces for every commercial parking lot, recycling containers in every apartment complex in the City.

We can talk about "green corridors" while the Gaines Street area is a perfect place to create a pedestrian friendly environment for businesses that could all be green, including a food market.

Yet, it's going to take an awfully big green corridor to offset the devastation of the recent clear-cut debacle along Mahan Drive, east out to I-10 to create another shopping center (a Wal-Mart AND a Costco?) to which we all must drive because there is no walkable environment with the City's core.

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