In memory of Mel Starrs
I didn’t know Mel all that well, but she was part of the sustainability landscape. So I was shocked and saddened by the news of her sudden and untimely death this week.
The last time I saw Mel was at the launch of our Plan for Growth in May, and true to form she had some tough questions for us. She followed up on her blog, and told us what she thought, having had a chance to think it over, and was no less challenging.
There aren’t enough people who are prepared to challenge, consistently and persistently, in pursuit of a better built environment, a better world for future generations to enjoy. Mel was one, and always did so with real conviction and the best of intentions. Her premature passing is a reminder that we should all make the most of every moment we have to challenge, to try and change things for the better.
Our thoughts are with Mel’s partner, family and friends at this terribly sad time. She will be sorely missed.