Environmentally Friendly Neighborhoods

Environmentally friendly neighborhoods pay off in reduced household expenses and lighter workloads.

| August/September 2004

  • Community Garden
    Neighborhood groups are joining together to turn weed-infested and trash-filled vacant lots into garden spaces.
    Photo courtesy Fotolia/alisonhancock

  • Community Garden

Form Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

Who’s Doing It: Harmony Village, Golden, Colo.; Olde Hillcrest Neighborhood Association, Milwaukee, Wis.

The Way It Works: At Harmony Village, nearly a dozen neighbors meet once a month over breakfast to discuss local and global environmental issues. Olde Hillcrest Neighborhood Association, in the suburbs of Milwaukee, sponsors a neighborhood book club.

How to Get Started: Discussion groups are often sparked by one or two people who announce their interest. For environmentally oriented discussion groups, check out the work of the Northwest Earth Institute, which has started more than 300 discussion groups throughout the United States.

Other Bright Ideas: Starting neighborhood potlucks, a community bulletin board or a neighborhood watch program are all simple ideas that can help people get to know each other better.

Plant a Community Garden

Who’s Doing It: Communities across the United States and Canada, including Golden, Colo., and Seattle.

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