Are You Part of a Sustainable Community?
You live in a sustainable community if the community has been planned and built around the idea of your life and the lives of those around you (your carbon footprint) having a low impact upon the earth’s resources.
Lester Brown, the founder of “Worldwatch Institute” and a prominent environmentalist advocates:
- Shifting to renewable energy
- A re-use/recycle economy
- A diversified transport system
The goal of sustainability
First of all, we need to realize that living sustainable is a lifestyle, it’s not something you do for a day or a week and then return to a previous way of life.
We depend so much on our natural resources, if we don’t take care of them now, they won’t be able to take care of us in the future. As we see that our own needs are met, we must be sure that we are not depleting resources that future generations will also need. In other words, we must lower our demand on the earth’s resources or plan that they can be replenished.
One of the main features of a sustainable community is that it is focused on maintaining its environmental health, which begins from the moment land developers begin planning construction.
It begins with low impact infrastructure for:
- Locating roads
- Building homes
- Managing storm water
- Planning energy use (electrical or gas)
A sustainable lifestyle community comes from design, a design that is based on increasing the efficiency of how natural resources are now and will be used in the future. It is a design that reduces the impact on humans as well as the environment.
How you can contribute to a sustainable community…
Although a sustainable community begins with the beginning of construction, there are ways that you can make a sustainable contribution.
- Start composting.
- Purchase produce from local farmers or gardeners.
- Make a connection with your neighbors.
- Reconsider how you travel, as you use your car less, your reduce your carbon footprint.
- Make recycling a priority.
- Stop drinking bottled water whose bottles fill our landfills and clog rivers and streams.
These are just a few ideas about how individuals can promote community and world wide sustainability.
Land Technologies is a leader in the area of designing sustainable and livable communities. Our mission and specialty is planning and engineering “green” communities that promote the use of Low Impact Development (LID)
The future of the earth is in our hands.If you’re a builder or land developer, call Merle at Land Technologies for the latest in Low Impact Development Strategies