Come Together: How to Build Sustainable Communities
Seeking sustainability doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor. Joining with others in our neighborhoods can help us meet new people, accomplish more and build sustainable communities.
Community members work in the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Community Garden in Charlotte, North Carolina, part of Mecklenburg County’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Stream Restoration program and the Scotts Miracle-Gro “Give Back To Gro” national gardening program.
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The garden provides organic food to the community and serves as a teaching facility, with classes on gardening, responsible earth stewardship, composting, biodiversity, plant and insect identification, and more.
Photo Courtesy Town of Apple Valley
In New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Groundswell Community Mural Project—a group committed to bringing together artists, youth and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change—partnered with the Community League of the Heights and American Friends Service Committee to paint the “Weaving Change Beyond the Shadows” mural. To learn more about Groundswell or to sponsor a youth muralist, visit groundswellmural.org.
By spending more of our dollars locally, we keep more of our money within our communities, supporting local businesses that support us in turn by creating local jobs.
At Harvestvale, a “slow-food Vermont community harvest potluck” in Burlington, participants are encouraged to bring dishes made from produce grown in their gardens, old family recipes or new recipes they’ve been meaning to try.