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Mike Williams, Published September 14 2013

Letter: For Fargo, conservation saves, pays

Fargo has received several top rankings as a happy and healthy city. To continue to improve, it will take continued efforts and community engagement as we work to implement the Fargo GO 2030 key initiatives determined from participation of more than 8,000 people.

In our efforts to protect our environment and make better use of resources, Fargo is proving that conservation saves and pays.

As cities across the country have become more aware of the benefits of conservation and the effects of changing climate, it’s important for cities to share successes and ongoing search for solutions to common challenges. While there is much room for improvement in Fargo, the city and residents are working together to improve energy efficiency while reducing emissions.

As our transportation options grow and become cleaner and more efficient, we have focused on improving land use and making better use of infrastructure.

A few examples:

The common denominator is conservation that saves the city and residents money, while protecting environment and health.

Fargo is recognized as a national economic, academic and environmental leader. To continue to improve, we need to develop more sustainable methods to grow well without negatively affecting land, water and air – the things we need to live.

Williams is a Fargo city commissioner.