Monday, December 22, 2008

The District of Columbia uses Resources to Make Neighborhoods Sustainable

The District of Columbia is not only trying to clean up their neighborhoods, they are trying to clean up the earth. The thought of each individual doing this on their own can be a huge and taunting one, but pulling together all of their resources, they are trying to make their neighborhoods more sustainable. The idea behind this is that each person counts individually, but together we can accomplish anything. Once resources are unlimited, anything is possible. The following is a step by step guide that will help anyone in any community, not just the District of Columbia, to bring their neighborhoods together for sustainability.

The best way to start the process of pooling resources together is to by getting all of the neighbors in one place. It has been proven in the past that if a gathering can be made fun, the results and turn outs will be bigger, and more of an impact will be made. A great idea is to have everyone bring a sustainable dish, which would mean bringing food resources that are raised healthy, like on organic farms. Or if there's meat if can be meat that is locally raised.

Next, ask everyone to bring an idea, or to brainstorm ideas while they are eating. These ideas should be environmentally friendly ideas that the entire community can help to start together, so that no one person is doing anything someone else refuses to do. Great ideas are things like community organic gardens. This will help all of the neighbors to save on resources by not having to spend money on fruits and vegetables at the stores. Plus, you can guarantee that no pesticides are used and every person can take pride in their part of taking care of the garden.

The money to raise these gardens can either be equally pooled, or anyone who wants the produce can pay an annual fee for it, which in turn will help the funding. A great place to place the garden is in any underused backyard. There are always people within the neighborhood who have never been interested in growing a garden and have never used landscaping techniques or had children for play areas, and these are the homes where the garden can flourish. Plus, because they don't have to take sole claim for the garden, members of the community are more likely to be interested in donating their yards.

Another great idea is to have people plan on riding to work together. If everyone takes a turn driving, the driver will only have to drive once or twice a week. This will cut down your use of gas by over half, will give your spouse the opportunity to use the vehicle if you only have one, and will lessen an entire community's effect of the environment. Helping others get to work is a great way that pooling resources is effective.

These are just several ideas to get started, but with the entire community brainstorming, there is no stopping the impact that could be made. You'll get to know your neighbors better and with all of your resources together there is nothing that can't be accomplished. Planning these neighborhood meetings at a certain time every month will help to monitor progress and also bring about new ideas. Sustaining neighborhoods is the first step to sustaining cities, states and eventually the world.

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