Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mayor Appoints Sustainable Surplus Director to Committee

San Diego - March 22, 2013 – Mayor Bob Filner appointed Sue Prelozni of the Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) to head up a new committee on sustainability education.  It was, for the most part, in jest.  However, Mayor Filner was serious when he described his campaign towards a cleaner, more energy efficient environment here in San Diego. 

The mayor sited his plans to convert all the city buildings to solar power.  Realizing that it may not be feasible to retrofit some buildings, he said every effort would be made to assure sustainable energy and water saving measures were implemented.

Speaking at an engagement titled “In the Know,” hosted by the San Diego Association of Nonprofits, Filner addressed many questions asked by nonprofit leaders.  When Prelozni, executive director of Sustainable Surplus, asked Filner about how the city plans to educate local companies to be compliant with the new mandate AB 341 – requiring a recycle rate of 25% of solid waste -he acknowledged that it may take a special task force. 

“It’s not a simple task,” Filner explained. To assure understanding, education and compliance of the bill is an elaborate process.  Thus, half-wittingly he appointed Prelozni to head up one such committee.

Filner entertained the audience with the offer of delegating other attendees to spearhead special interest committees to solve social issues in San Diego.  Ending with, “and that my friends is how you run a government office.”  Delegation.

Prelozni said she plans to follow up, in the least to keep the recycling mandate on the mayor’s office radar, but moreover, to actually assist in the education efforts that the mayor’s office deems appropriate for San Diego to achieve its recycling compliance.

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