New Parents, New Commitments

By Patti Radle | Jul 30 2014

PattiRadleBy Patti Radle, SA2020 Board Member and 2014 Resolutions Leader (follow her here!)

Update on my SA2020 Resolution to get people to stop using bottled water–I have another commitment!

To recap, so far I’ve received commitments from Dr. Perez, Superintendent of SAISD, Shelley Potter, CEO of the Alliance, State Representative Mike Villareal, pastor of my church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in San Antonio, Fr. Mike Bouzigard, S.J. among others. (Check out my previous posts for the full story.)

montezNext to take the pledge: Richard and Lindsey Montez! They’re a young married couple who responded readily to the challenge to not use bottled water for the rest of 2014.  I love their thinking — as parents, they want to demonstrate respect for the environment from the get-go.  They will be such great role-models for their children and teach them great lessons by their actions.

Richard works at SER Jobs for Progress in Business Services.  Lindsey is a “stay-at-home” mom and is expecting their second child.

Here is what Richard wrote in response to my request to him and Lindsey to join in the resolution:

“Lindsey and I are happy to make the commitment to not drink or purchase bottled water in 2014 and beyond.  In our own lives we have made commitments to the environment that include strict recycling and, as fairly new parents, expecting a second now, we have committed that for the first 8 months of their lives, our children will wear only cloth diapers in order to do our part and raise them to be conscious of their habits. Gotta start em’ young!”

Richard continues with an appeal, “I hope that more people will make this same promise to kick bottled water, as they reflect on the importance of our planet and our impact on sustaining it for future generations.”

Thank you, Richard and Lindsey!

I continue here to ask you, the reader, to read these articles from Harvard and The Good Human and contact me at if you would like to join in this resolution.


Patti Radle

Patti Radle, born in Philadelphia, PA. first moved to San Antonio in 1965 when she was a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. She transferred to Marquette University for her senior year to major in Theology and returned to San Antonio in 1969. Experiences in Milwaukee led her to commit to a simple life style lived among people who suffer the consequences of poverty. She moved into the Westside of San Antonio, and shortly after marrying her husband Rod, they together became volunteer co-directors of Inner City Development and continue as such to the present day. This agency now has a 45 year history of providing food and clothing to families in crisis and many recreational and educational activities for children. Patti has helped to establish several other non-profits including the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, San Antonio Alternative Housing, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Sidewalk, Inc. She established a cooperative home school at Inner City Development. From 2003 to 2007, she served on the San Antonio City Council representing her community, District 5. It was during her time on Council that Patti worked with many others to help establish Haven for Hope and presently serves as Vice-Chair. Patti Radle also serves on the SA2020 Board of Directors, and was elected to the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees in May of 2011.

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