Last chance to rate conservation options

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By Arin McKenna


The Los Alamos County Sustainability and Energy and Water Conservation Plans are nearing completion, but residents have one last chance to vote on their preferred methods of conservation. Information is posted on the county's Open Forum, including links to the plans and a survey to prioritize various strategies. The survey closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

The survey consists of seven options each for water conservation, energy conservation and waste/recycling. The strategies were developed through public input from a sustainability forum held in November 2011, an eight-person advisory board on water and energy conservation and the Environmental Sustainability Board and the Board of Public Utilities.

Department of Public Utilities Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez wanted a wide range of opinions on the advisory board, so it included citizens who were "not keen on conservation."

"I thought it would be better to gather that input beforehand," Chavez said. "And I think it was an effective strategy, because if there were any misconceptions they were cleared up then and not later."

Chavez called the committee a "guiding force" in the development of the DPU plan. She also plans to get their input on the final document.

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