City Council Stock 11

Fourth Ward Representative Chris Nelson at an Ames City Council meeting on June 18.

The Ames City Council must balance innovation and pragmatism to enable Ames to grow in its appeal to young professionals. Chris Nelson, an ISU alum who hails from a multi-generation Ames family, values Ames’ quality of life and the economic and cultural role ISU contributes to it.

He has vision to carry it forward and proven ability to seek out all sides of an issue to develop a balanced perspective for sustainable growth.

I am excited by his priorities that align with our children’s priorities: climate change and low-impact living.

As a former Iowa State University faculty in agronomy and climate science now employed in the low carbon industry, I appreciate his support for Ames’ community solar farm and the pilot project to displace petroleum diesel in its heavy duty fleet.

An easy button for the city to become carbon neutral does not exist as government incentives have declined for renewable energy. For instance, displacement of fossil natural gas with renewable natural gas in electricity generation in the Ames or ISU power plant is possible but at a cost of 5–25 times fossil natural gas.

This means to address Ames’ carbon footprint a mixture of technologies will be needed.

I am excited by his priority on investment in downtown and Campustown. Younger generations demand mixed-use communities that provide entertainment, social events, entrepreneurship, housing and amenities — all accessible by walking, bicycling, long boarding or hover boarding. Chris listens to many perspectives from ISU — alumni, the greek system, engineering societies, Campustown Action Association and ISU Research Park among them — as well as the voices of his children and their friends as they are becoming college students and young professionals.

Low carbon and mixed-use communities are foundational priorities for growing young professions for young professionals in Ames. Chris Nelson has the right mix of experience and pragmatism to network effectively, sort through options and assist with integration of these priorities into the Ames 2040 plan.

Opinion Policies

Opinions expressed in columns and letters are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily or organizations with which the author(s) are associated. 

Feedback policy: The Daily encourages discussion but does not guarantee its publication. We reserve the right to edit or reject any letter or online feedback. The goal of the opinion section is to spark civil public discourse by publishing opinions based on facts that articulate an argument. The merit of a piece's ability to further public discourse, among other factors, will be considered when determining if a piece is publication worthy. 

Letter to the Editor Submission Link

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.