By Dana Goldman, Commissioner
(Wednesday, October 2, 2019) – I recently heard about the great actions some of our condominiums and businesses are taking to improve our community and environment. With all of the ecological challenges we are facing today, this is excellent news to hear and to share.
A multifamily building in SIB that is adjacent to several hundred feet of public space, has officially removed glyphosate from usage in lawn maintenance and landscaping on its common elements and area properties. Glyphosate is a prevalent, yet contentious herbicide found in weed killers, such as Roundup. The negative effects of glyphosate are well documented and known. And discontinuing the use of harmful products with glyphosate, such as Roundup, is one important step that some are taking to seek solutions to our environmental issues.
This is a great example of how our residents work together to protect the local environment. Eliminating the use of products with glyphosate protects the health and safety of maintenance workers by reducing their risk of exposure, as well as our community as a whole by also minimizing the chemicals in our environment that we all share.
It’s a win-win for all. Let this decision to quit using products with glyphosate serve as a call to action for the rest of our condominium associations and homeowners. This is one positive narrative that I hope all other buildings in our city will follow. Collectively, we can work to make our community the best it can be. Together, you can lead by example while protecting our quality of life.