Growing up in metro Atlanta, Natalie Molnar was raised to appreciate the environment and to reduce, reuse and recycle thanks to her mother. On Saturday mornings, she and her family would load up the car with their filled recyclables bin and drive to the recycling center to make a deposit.
“That’s how we were raised; to be aware of our natural resources and to be good stewards of the environment and what we had,” said Molnar.
Her dedication has certainly not diminished over the years. Molnar works for Lansing Board of Water & Light (LBWL) as an energy and eco-strategies program coordinator. In partnership with the City of Lansing, she runs Live Green Lansing; a sustainability program that focuses on local food, water quality, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“We are responsible for implementing LBWL’s renewable energy and efficiency programs. We ensure LBWL stays in compliance with state regulation for energy optimization programs. We do education for our customers about ways to save energy and offer rebates on renewable energy,” Molnar said.
Natalie’s more specific roles lie in communication and education, wherein she designs education campaigns and oversees communications about specific programs to help the community go green.
“I like hiking, kayaking, going camping and all kinds of stuff,” said Molnar. “It just makes sense that I would do the best that I can to protect those resources. And, that translates into how I act on a day-to-day basis.”
At home she recycles as often as possible, refrains from bringing in excessively packaged materials, composts all her food waste and supplies her garden, as well as the Community Supported Agriculture program, with reduced water usage, low-flow showerheads.
“We live in a really disposable society and I think people take for granted all the resources we have access to, so I try to be conscientious of that,” explained Molnar.
Another way that Molnar aims to protect the environment is by supplying a “worm bin” in her work space. She has also gone into Lansing’s Parks and Recreation camps to set up worm bins for the children to compost their food waste and learn about composting.
“It’s about quality of life,” said Molnar. “Being a good steward of the environment translates into being a good steward of your personal resources and that contributes to your quality of life.”