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Environmental Policy

Prior to getting into politics, I was a dedicated environmental activist and my academic research involved in addressing how to reduce energy consumption. As an undergraduate in SUNY Binghamton, I was the architect, and the organizer of an innovative energy conservation contest that involved getting dormitories communities competing against each other and it was the first of it’s kind to include a micro-competition. Without getting into my long “radical” backstory, here are the few things I’ve noticed: politicians tend to focus on investment  rather than addressing behavior, which is necessary for dealing with the climate crisis. As the lead organizer for the Frogtown/ Midway Cleanup Squad, my goal is how can community members take ownership and pride in their community. Picture: After the civil unrest, the Frogtown Cleanup Squad organized a cleanup to clean up University Avenue.

  1. Promote cleanup activities: cleaning up our neighborhoods show that we care and we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
  2. Reduce food waste and/or partner with distributors to feed residents
  3. Resource Stations (walking distance for each resident):  Share cleanup tools, essentials,  art supplies, and other things

 

Economic Policy (More will come)

  • Incentivizes businesses to hire locally, which reduces transportation and cars in the road
  • For rental properties, the property owner is required to include average heating and electricity cost for renting their unit.  This is a market solution to the “principal agency problem” in the academic literature
    • The biggest energy waste for cities are poor insulation of residential properties. For rental properties,  there is no incentive for landlords to improve insulation of property because it’s the tenant that pays the bills; Often these poorly insulated properties have cheaper “upfront” costs, and then low-income renters are burdened with a massive bill. By having the heating and electricity price included, the renter will not pay for a sub-par unit. As a result, the property owner needs to make insulation improvement or otherwise it will not be rented out.  Notice the solution did not involve government intervention and it protects low-income renters from hidden costs, which is important.
    • From my literature review, my approach seems to be novel