With all of this talk about green and sustainable living, what is it that people really want? At the risk of subjecting another innocent word to overuse, I would suggest that what people really want are resilient communities - places that can take the stress of everyday day, as well as some big hits now and again and bounce back better than before.
Instead of thinking about the world in terms of green or sustainable, it may be time to think about what actually makes sense and will work environmentally and economically for the long term.
There are many ways to build a resilient community. The key is commitment.
What enables a town to be resilient? It takes strong and intelligent leadership at the top, as well as active and responsible community members that are engaged with current and relevant issues. It takes metrics that measure economic payback from environmentally – friendly projects. Having established, integrated groups that understand and support sustainability and resiliency from both an environmental as well as an economic perspective, is essential. Important groups are Green Drinks, US Green Building Council chapters, and certified Master Gardeners. Involvement from green businesses like home energy auditors and green electricity providers is key. Last but not least, is a mechanism for consistent and effective ways for town/city leadership and community members to communicate and work together to improve resiliency.
Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson understands the importance of green initiatives and is a leader in sustainability efforts taking place in California.
You can be a part of building a resilient community. Check out Green Drinks, US Green Building Council or the Master Gardener programs in your area. Or ask me how to get started on building a resilient community.