Sustainable Living

 

Sustainable living is an approach to social and economic activities for all societies, rich or poor, which is compatible with the preservation of the environment (Saburo Kato). Sustainability is finding, balance and harmony with nature, economic viability, social justice, ecological soundness and humaneness, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In a time when climate change is impacting the world more quickly and severely than scientists previously forecast, sustainable living is crucial. Add to that the imminent decline of fossil fuels, and we’re looking at re-localizing our economy as quickly as possible.

 

Community Organizing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunrise Garden Project  Since 2014, we have worked with community gardens in low-income neighborhoods to increase food security (the foundation of sustainability) for those most vulnerable. In our first year, we revived the Dorchester Park Community Garden. Our volunteers not only grew food, but were able to reach out to many homeless and mentally ill people frequenting Dorchester Park.

For the past two years, we have managed the vegetable garden at the Hillside Community Center, in partnership with Pikes Peak Permaculture and Seeds Community Café. Volunteers not only plant and harvest food, but built various new planting areas and a compost system. We hold gardening classes, cooking demonstrations and weekend “village markets” with produce and baked goods in season.

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Green Cities Coalition The  Green Cities Coalition was born in 2008 from the J&P’s Sustainable Living Working Group. With about 450 organizations, businesses and individuals have participated in the coalition, the group’s purpose continues to be promoting ecologically, economically and socially healthy cities in El Paso County. We envision healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, both human and natural. GCC members are developing initiatives in many areas that impact the sustainability of the region. For more information, email sustain@ppjpc.org.

Colorado Springs Biofuel Cooperative  Let’s roll with veggie oil! After three years of research and preparation, the J&P is ready to launch the Colorado Springs Biofuel Cooperative. The co-op is open to anyone who wants to see more vehicles run on fuel from waste vegetable oil and local plants. Our first project will be making biodiesel from waste restaurant oil. We need your support to buy the Appleseed Processor and get the word out. Please click the link above to see what we’re doing and how you can help!

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