Communities are special entities encompassing government, school systems, business, non-profits, and faith groups. City governments often take the lead in promoting sustainability at the local level, bringing together all of the various elements that make up a functioning and thriving community. Environmental problems can seem overwhelming and individual effort can seem futile. But when an entire community engages in stewardship for their shared resources, the impossible becomes possible, and people are empowered to make a difference.
Today’s cities need to be ECOnomically and ECOlogically savvy in order to be sustainable. Innovative cities can be found in all corners of the world and come in a variety of sizes. One such community is Fayetteville, Arkansas, where a community engagement program called Eco-Logical Communities was born. Eco-Logical Communities is based on the idea that what gets measured gets managed. At the program’s core are three elements: a dashboard for environmental metrics, web-based tools that households, businesses, and others can use to reduce environmental impacts, and tools for engaging everyone in a community-wide campaign to steward local environmental resources. I am so thrilled that the ECO-Effect is their tool of choice for engaging that all important segment of their population: the children. The ECO-Effect book will be distributed to children in Fayetteville and will be used to teach children valuable lessons about ECOnomics and ECOlogy so they will “ECHO” to their parents and to their community!
December 21, 2012
Livestock is responsible for 20% or a fifth of global greenhouses emissions. That’s more than cars are responsible for!