Aaron Dekeyzer has the passion to connect with voters and a strategy to win the election for Sandy City Council At-Large! A native of the valley, he currently serves as the Chair of the following organizations: Sandy City Sustainability Focus Group, Utah Society for Environmental Education, and International Dark-Sky Association Utah Chapter. He also is the Co-Director of SaveNotPave, a community organization of over 600 members in Sandy and Cottonwood Heights. Aaron has a Masters Degree in Ecopsychology and a certificate in Smart City Design and Technology from MIT. Aaron is a Realtor at Living Wasatch with Equity Real Estate. He holds the GREEN Designation, and focuses on educating his clients on the benefits of a green lifestyle. He loves spending time in his boys’ classrooms teaching ecological principles and networking with teachers. When he is not working in the community, Aaron enjoys photographing birds and stars, hiking and skiing, playing chess, and rocking out to concerts in gardens. He is so grateful to his wife and three sons for their support, and looks forward to having yours!
Sandy City Curbside Glass Recycling
Beginning in November of 2017, as the newly appointed chair of the Sandy City Sustainability Focus Group, Aaron worked with city administration and Momentum Recycling for 17 months to bring this program to Sandy residents.
Since being introduced this past summer, the program has already diverted nearly 50 tons of glass from the landfill, and it is recycled locally in Nephi as building insulation.
Aaron continues to work with Momentum on a school food recycling program.
House Bill 411 – Community Renewable Energy Act
For 5 months Aaron worked with Dr. David Folland and Marc Peterson of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Zell Lee of Sandy Sustainability, and numerous city councilmembers on the Community Renewable Energy Act.
24 municipalities and counties joined to state as their goal to have 100% net renewable energy by 2030, but not Sandy.
This unique legislation provided communities with an option for renewable energy, mandating that Rocky Mountain Power provide clean energy to nearly 1 million homes.
68th Annual United Nations Conference on Sustainable and Inclusive Communities
Aaron worked with Sandy City to write a city-wide survey on street lights, which was responded to by nearly 1,000 residents.
He presented the findings of the survey with Dr. Daniel Mendoza of the U, Aubrey Larsen of the Colorado Dark-Sky Cooperative, and Ruskin Hartley and Jess Cleeves of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Aaron went on to form the Utah Chapter of the IDA, and continues to work with cities to ensure their lighting ordinances are appropriate.
For years Aaron has been presenting to the council on a variety of topics in an effort to educate and persuade them.
He was concerned about the Farnsworth Farm rezone, term limits and campaign donation limits, the walk back of increased pay for our first responders, and now the Pepperwood Hills high density development on Wasatch Blvd.
Aaron collected signatures at Harmons.
He also walked neighborhoods and went car-to-car to collect signatures from parents who waited in lines to pickup their children from schools, and otherwise may not have signed.
It was great to see so many different people unify around a common value, and work hard together to collect the required 115,869 signatures.
School Hand Washing
Concerned about the Coronavirus, Aaron and his sister visited elementary schools late winter 2020 to observe hand washing procedures.
By taking action and speaking with the principal, one school immediately began distribute hand sanitizer before lunches.
Aaron has contacted Canyons School District to create hand washing guidance.