As part of its
five-year plan goal to have 12 percent of Reston households sign a pledge to make "simple changes" in lifestyle, transportation, environment, and buying locally, The Reston Sustainability Forum is looking for a few eager "neighborhood captains" to urge their comrades neighbors to recycle and maybe buy a nice recumbent bike to ride along the shoulder of the Toll Road to get to that job strapping bombs to dolphins developing biodegradable munitions and stuff.
Neighborhood Captains would lead the drive to obtain Pledges in their individual cluster, apartment building, or, in the case of single family homes, local neighborhoods. The Reston Association, Reston Town Center Association, ARCH (the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners), and WATCH (the Working Alliance of Town Center Homeowners) have volunteered to distribute Captain’s Kits throughout their e-mail lists in an effort to support the Forum’s goals.Nice try, Ivan. You can rummage through my compost pile when you pry my Whole Foods-procured earth turner from my cold dead hands!
Actually, the pledge doesn't sound so draconian. The fancy "captain's kit" (PDF) shares a list of 12 easy things to do to be sustainable, including turning stuff off when you're done with them, recycling, carpooling, monitoring your car's tire pressure, planting a native tree, visiting the ole' farmers market, and, of course, everyone's favorite, installing a rain barrel (so long as you don't fall afoul of the DRB guidelines, of course). You don't even have to wear a cardigan, as Jimmy Carter once urged us to do. And besides, who's going to check and make sure you're not boiling seal blubber as an appertif, so long as those tins of I Can't Believe It's Not Ocelot(tm) wind up in the recycling bin?
So let's all be captains and
Actually, the pledge is not necessarily a bad idea, but it's so... Reston-y. We have ways.. of making you recycle.