Martens named to sustainability group

Afton Martens has been appointed by the Coon Rapids City Council to fill a vacancy on its Sustainability Commission.

Martens currently works with a district council in St. Paul with past experience as a planning intern with the city of Red Wing.

In addition, she has done sustainability work with the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute and community revitalization with Catholic Charities.

According to her application for appointment to the Sustainability Commission, Martens “wanted to get involved and serve my community, using the experience and knowledge I have gained in my career and education.”

She has experience working with the public process and helping to guide others in civic participation, understanding of the responsibilities, constraints and timeliness within which municipalities work, Martens wrote in her application.

Martens’ term runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

The Sustainability (Green) Commission was created by the council a few years ago in response to the ever-increasing level of interest and importance in addressing the issue of sustainability in communities.

The commission comprises three business representatives, three residents and three at-large representatives serving three-year revolving terms.

The commission provides specific focus on residential and business sustainability practices and other viable ways for Coon Rapids to become a more sustainable community.

In 2010, the commission and Colleen Sinclair, its staff liaison and city recycling coordinator, hosted the first Coon Rapids Green Expo.

The third annual Green Expo is scheduled to take place at the Coon Rapids City Center Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]