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  What’s in a Name?
Don Instone | Crest Road and Dan Nore | 25th Street

Did you know that Del Mar has an Energy Issues Advisory Committee (EIAC) that works with the Council on energy efficiency and sustainability issues? The EIAC has been involved with efficiency upgrades for the new 21st St. Pump Station, installing “BigBelly” solar compacting trash containers and endorsing participation in the California Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). But the Council says that the City is not moving ahead fast enough, that we are still at “Ground Zero without resources, data or a plan.” One of their suggestions is that EIAC might benefit from a new name to stimulate more community interest and participation. A new name that is, for instance, unique, easy to remember, attention getting and conveys our purpose…. like “Clean and Green” for the Solana Beach committee or “Green Flash” for its website.

We are accepting the challenge and offering the person or organization who comes up with the best new name for EIAC a $50 certificate to a Del Mar restaurant of their choice. But it means much more. Our vision is to implement sustainable living practices and “development in Del Mar that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” * This vision is meant to guide our decisions, expand our thinking and inspire us to strive toward a truly sustainable community. We are hoping a new name will establish a renewed commitment to achieve this vision, living a more socially conscious and sustainable life style.

Send your ideas for a new name to the Sandpiper c/o Ann Gardner at PO Box 2177, Del Mar 92014, no later than October 15. Your ideas will be reviewed and discussed at the October EIAC meeting. All EIAC meetings are open to the public. The Committee will vote for their number one recommendation and provide two back-up choices. The recommendations and back-up choices will be sent to the City Council for action.
Just as we reconnect with our community ties at the September 26th “Take Back The Beach” end-of-summer picnic, let’s reconnect with our commitment to a more sustainable Del Mar. Let’s come up with a new name that jump-starts all of us into new energy-saving actions.

            * Brundtland report of 1987


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