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What Makes Sustainable Communities

Going Green, Inspiration, Managing Green | December 12th, 2009 1 Comment

Businesses, residences, cities, or towns which have been designed or already modified to underscore green living and the use of renewable environmental-friendly technology are known as sustainable communities. Due to the unpredictable climate change, global warming and its adverse effects on the environment, and the disturbing depletion of natural resources because of unsustainable human use, these communities focus on reducing environmental pollution by fostering a green existence.

Even though not every community today is capable of completely changing to sustainable living, many are in the position of enhancing sustainable living by making a few basic and simple changes as well as creating room for simple additions. The moral fiber of sustainable communities is renewable resources, justifying the reason why majority of these communities run at least partially, if not fully, on renewable sources of energy such as solar energy. Further, these communities will use energy-efficient appliances e.g. low-flush toilets.

A sustainable community development qualifies to be called sustainable when there is generally an element of a community based activity e.g. recycling programs or shared organic gardens. When a community join forces and work together, it can take shared satisfaction and oneness in their efforts towards a clean and green environment. Changing a community already in existence into a sustainable one can be a matter of many incremental little changes or a few large changes. The small changes are easier and fun to implement such as cleaning up litter, featuring recycling drives, and even creating a community garden.

Large changes on the other hand for sustainable community development include such things as water rationing, installation of solar panels, and making sure that all future constructions meet the requirements of sustainability for a Sustainable Community. If enlightening the community on the importance of sustainability, it can be wise to emphasize on the personal gains embracing such a way of living can bring. For example, when energy saving tactics such as using low-energy light bulbs or wrapping water heaters using insulating blankets are used, there will be a significant drop in the utility bills.

Pundits suggest that sustainability is the answer to continued human survival on earth, and will greatly contribute in the campaign towards bringing an end to the series of overuse and environmental repercussions that have plagued planet Earth ever since industrial revolution. It is in this light that major world governments today are promoting sustainable communities by putting effort and money in form of funded studies and researches, incentives, and tax breaks.  If you want to play your part in creating or building a sustainable community, you can always enquire from your local government authorities the green environments they have in place.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of sustainable communities is their high likelihood to affect others. When a child grows up in a sustainable society, it inculcates the values of renewable practices and taking responsible action. Even though the past two centuries have seen new generations inherit a resource-depleted planet, utilizing green trends give people the opportunity to change that through cost-efficient ways.

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