Environmental issues are always controversial,
but my plan is to make Orem a safer place to live by making environmental changes that will not negatively affect businesses
or residents. Utah County has among the worst air quality in the entire country. Orem should do its part in protecting the
elderly, children, and people who already have respiratory problems by reducing our air pollution. However, it is important
to ensure that any change of law will balance rights and conveniences with the important goal of reducing pollutants. That
is how I plan to approach issues regarding the environment.
-It is crucial to do as much as I can
as mayor to protect the natural habitat surrounding Orem to encourage tourism and to provide the residents close-by recreational
spots. Currently, Rock Canyon is in danger of becoming closed off for recreational use due to mining. As mayor I will do everything
I possibly can to end Rock Canyon from becoming mined, and I will always be an advocate of preserving our beautiful surroundings.
-It is important that the city not only
encourages residents to take steps to create a cleaner atmosphere for themselves and their families, but it is just as important
that the city takes their own steps as well. If elected, every year I will move to convert a certain percentage of city vehicles
(police cars, maintenance trucks, etc.) to run on natural gas. Not only will it clean up Orem's act environmentally, but it
will also save the city a large amount of tax-payer money which can be better spent for the community.