Sierra Club member Stanley Adelstein in claimed victory recently after
waging a long-running, one-man letter writing campaign to clean up the
air in Cleveland. If you're a Cleveland resident, chances are your mail
is now being delivered by natural gas-powered postal trucks--a change due
largely to Adelstein's perseverance .
Beginning in 1993, Adelstein, a retired attorney, wrote letters to state
legislators, local politicians and postal officials urging them to do their
part toward improving the environment by converting the Cleveland fleet
to natural gas--a less polluting, less corrosive and cheaper fuel than
He follower up on his letters with a personal visit to Postal Service
headquarters in Washington, D.C., during a vacation in the capital. Just
over a year later, a postal official telephoned Adelstein, telling him
the agency had considered his suggestions and was going: to order the conversion
of its Cleveland fleet from gasoline to natural gas.
Although the Postal Service had already begun converting vehicles in
some areas of the nation, Postmaster Edmonia Page sighed out Adelstein
as one of the primary inspirations behind the Cleveland changeover. "This
is a vivid example of what a person with no clout can accomplish supply
by mailing letters," said the 76-year old Adelstein hi an interview with
the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "A lot of people have lost faith in the role
that the individual can play in our world."
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