Sandy Springs resident and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Junior Nicholas Schab recently went before the Sandy Springs City Council to advocate for the city’s leadership in environmental public policy. Schab laid out a three-point plan to encourage the city to promote engaged citizen participation.

First, he proposed city-wide school fundraisers in which Sandy Springs schools would operate a “reusable grocery bag program,” whereby schools would raise funds through the sale of reusable shopping bags, thus reducing the use of plastic bags.

Second, Schab proposed that the city encourage restaurants to transition from plastic cups and utensils to recyclable materials.

The last part of Schab’s proposal included a public-private partnership between the city of Sandy Springs and metro Atlanta area companies that are creating innovative solutions to environmental and sustainability issues. He explained that his idea is for Sandy Springs to be a pilot partner for companies who are creating market-based solutions to challenging problems. “Sandy Springs has the ability to take real, tangible steps toward a sustainable future. We’ve already invested in ourselves in the way of live, work, play areas as well as walkability and livability,” said Schab. “Taking leadership in this way aligns well with these sensible solutions to environmental and public policy.”

Proud of you, Nick, for taking on the mantle of being an ENGAGED CITIZEN LEADER!

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