Sustainability Co-Op-Ed Piece
In Detroit, green builders see a rare opportunity, and grassroots efforts are already configuring new ways to farm in the city.This establishes neighborhood food co-ops as well as source locally-grown produce. The process also transforms abandoned streetscapes into communities, organized political power, and food … all while converting waste into recyclable energy through composting, repurposing, and solar power.
But this kind of progress has already been in the works, and as alluring as these city stages are for showcasing green initiatives, they are not the “end all, be all” of making a greener future more attractive. The consumer and the activistare both subject to are “in vogue” flavors of advertising. “Consider it a part we can all play, by simply switching to an Energy Star stamped appliance,” that advertisement might say never mind the fact that the standards for receiving an Energy Star label are practically give it away.
After all, we’re talking about new land development, and getting away from the modern division of sub-urban. In a rural setting, new initiatives can start to have real autonomy—with a place to stretch out and build from scratch rather than a lab in the basement, so to speak.
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