I recently attended the “Sustainable Cities Talks: What Science Says”, hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids. The topic was focused on future floods, going green, and the health of our kids and the elderly.
Sustainable City Definition
What does it mean to live in a “sustainable city”? The Institute for Sustainable Cities defines it as “…one that is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of the goals at the expense of the others. This requires a long-term perspective…”
Dubuque Takes the Lead in Iowa
I was excited to learn that, “Dubuque has established itself as a regional and national leader in its ability to collaboratively partner to achieve community goals. What Dubuque is achieving collectively today through its Sustainable Dubuque model, is the direct result of the knowledge and understanding that sustainability is a balanced approach to long-term life quality. It is a rare approach to life quality where no one in the community is excluded…everyone who wants to do so, can participate and contribute.”
The First 3 Steps
The first step to take is to learn! Attend the next meeting; it is scheduled for January 31, 2017, and the topic will focus on “Leaders Embracing Sustainability in the Workplace”.
The most impactful next step is to start small but strong! Try and implement energy-efficiency measures in your household. It’s not very glamourous but it is truly beneficial to our environment. I learned that 50% of our city’s energy usage goes to providing clean water. You can help by reducing your water usage; in this article, I outline some tips for conserving water.
The final step to take is to take the lead! The key to making our community a greener, cleaner, and healthier place to live is to create dialogue, get involved, and implement small actions into our own lives.