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The Planet

Success Story: Letter-Writing Pays Off

The Planet, October 1995, Volume 2, number 7

One Man's Campaign for Cleaner Air

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 standard gasoline.

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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