Sustainability – this current buzz word has many definitions –here is one:
Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure. It can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
How we might work towards sustainability in Amarillo: a wish list
1) Community compost pile, similar to the community chip sites
2) Gardens at all elementary schools; and urban gardening as a college credit course through AC or WT.
3) Emphasis on “green collar” jobs – weatherizing, building energy efficient buildings, planting gardens and the like. These jobs cannot be exported.
4) AEDC invests more in local start-ups and expansions than in bringing industry from outside the area. Target industries that can use our waste stream, such as crushing glass for recycled glass countertops. Wind turbine production and solar panels would be other natural industries for this area, as would rain water catchment design and installation.
5) Roof top gardens. If Chicago can do it, we can do it. This would save energy in heating and cooling and clean the area at the same time, while creating traffic-free parks all over town. Flooding from runoff would be reduced also.
6) Water catchment emphasized throughout the city. Rain water is better for plants, and generally cleaner than what comes out of the tap. Why send your off your property instead of saving and using it ??
7) “Green business” awards program for businesses that participate in any of the above. “Green team” awards for businesses and schools that recycle.