Erik is THE environmental candidate in this election. Ever since he moved to Staunton more than 15 years ago, Erik has been active in the community supporting clean air and water, local food, climate resilience, urban tree cover and clean energy. And all without having to choose between the environment and the economy. With the right ideas, Staunton can have both kinds of green — clean environment and prosperous lives.
Erik’s Record on Environment and Energy
- For more than a decade, Erik has worked in the solar power industry. He has helped put solar panels on churches, businesses, and schools across Virginia, including campuses in Augusta County, Albemarle County and Lexington.
- When he ran for state delegate in 2009, Erik published a plan to make the Shenandoah Valley a center for green jobs.
- On city council, Erik led Staunton’s successful effort to oppose the dangerous Atlantic Coast Pipeline, helping win a David vs Goliath fight against Big Oil to protect Staunton’s water supply.
- Erik has also promoted local food for all. He convened Staunton’s first Food Policy Task Force bringing together local farmers and consumers to try to help citizens get more access to local food. He also helped the farmer’s market reopen safely after the city manager had closed it down in the early days of the pandemic.
- He won the right for Staunton citizens to keep backyard chickens.
- He convinced city council to convene the city’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Erik’s Ideas to Move Forward
Vote for Erik on November 8, and he’ll continue to bring new ideas to make Staunton even greener, including:
- Help our schools find funding to transition from dirty diesel school buses to clean quiet electric rides.
- Plant more trees to beautify our streets, clean the air, provide cooling during heat waves, and raise property values.
- Install solar panels on city buildings to cut rising electric bills and produce our own clean energy.
- Remove barriers to homeowners installing their own solar panels and to renters being able to access shared solar power.
- Reduce unnecessary nighttime lighting in accordance with the Dark Skies Initiative.
- Find outside funding to ensure that every household in Staunton has access to a city park or green space within a ten minute walk as recommended by the Trust for Public Land, which seeks to close the “park equity gap” and give everyone, regardless of race or income, access to nature.