how can town go green



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    Good question! As you are dealing with many more people than just a family, your efforts will yield some significant results. Below are a few options:

    • Switch to flourescent or LED lighting at all public buildings.
    • Set aside some space for a town compost. Collect compost from the townspeople separate from the trash.
    • Consider banning plastic bags and providing a discount at local stores for using re-usable bags.
    • Encourage a weekly farmer’s market, where home-grown/homemade food can not not only be purchased, but traded.
    • Limit/restrict the use of toxic herbicides/pesticides within town limits. 
    • Implement beautification projects such as tree planting.

    There are just some of your options. Good luck!

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    “To go green” a town needs to develop the means to provide as many of its basic necessities as possible without the reliance of nonrenewable resources.   There is a worldwide network of towns that are in the process of becoming self-sufficient communities.  The network is called “Transition towns”  and much information can be found about it at     Interested and dedicated people in these towns have come together and formed committees with the goals of researching, designing, and developing infrastructure, practical skills and knowledge that will enable their community to function independently of globalism and oil.   To follow in their footsteps, take a look at what other towns have done.   Of course your town as unique and must identify its own needs and courses of action, but you can get ideas of what direction to head in and also build confidence that it is possible for a town to go green.   Some examples of steps that towns have taken to “go green” include:

    1. Some towns in East Germany have town forests with fruit trees.   Volunteers collect the fruit and distribute it to poor people in the town or sell it in the town for low prices.   Other town forests are used for firewood, the heat source of many homes within the community.
    2. San Francisco has a city compost system and easily accessible recycling system.   With these two well-organized programs, they’ve been able to redirect over 70% of their solid waste from landfills.  
    3. Towns in Australia have implemented LETS – the Local Employment Trading System in addition to the national currency in order to strengthen the local economy.   Each person involved sells a good or service, which can be bought with a local currency.    The country’s official currency is only used to buy goods that came from outside the community. 


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