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Choosing a Sustainable Future : Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY - Liz Walker

Choosing a Sustainable Future

Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY

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We all want a sustainable future, but what does it look like, and how do we get there? In Ithaca, NY, a new culture is blossoming--one that values cooperation, local production, environmental stewardship, social justice, and creativity. Ithaca is showing the way to meet the challenges of the day with a wide variety of practical, real-world solutions.

Filled with inspiring examples, "Choosing a Sustainable Future" provides readers with a remarkable sense of possibility. Explore Ithaca's:

  • Bustling, vibrant farmers markets, overflowing with fresh, local produce
  • Award-winning community credit union that triples the savings of low-income people
  • Flagship college sustainability programs
  • Pioneering alternative transportation programs, such as Ithaca Carshare
  • Innovative efforts by coalitions of local business, university, government, and activists to create transformation in areas as diverse as green building, city planning, health and wellness, and honoring cultural diversity

Taken together, these examples of citizen engagement are a taste of what life could be like in a sustainable city of the future. In a time of overwhelming economic, social, and environmental crises, "Choosing a Sustainable Future" provides a quiet, authoritative voice of hope.

Liz Walker is the author of "EcoVillage at Ithaca" and the co-founder and executive director of the award-winning project of the same name. She is a leading authority on cohousing and sustainable communities, a founding board member of Gaia Education, and a lifelong grassroots organizer for peace and environmental groups.

Review by Bolton Anthony, "Itineraries"
"Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca," provides a kind of case study of macro changes. It captures the breadth and essence of the fast-growing sustainability and social justice movement in this "small city's big vision." Walker, who has been a grassroots activist her whole life, says she has rarely seen such a blossoming of interest and activity with a common purpose as what is growing in Ithaca: "Amazing activities are going on in fields as diverse as local food and farming, challenging racism, caretaking our watershed, enjoying lively celebrations, honoring our indigenous heritage, and building a vibrant local economy There is a unity of purpose here that is reflected across a wide spectrum of players":
* from the county planning department, which has a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 -- for the whole county of 100,000 people;
* to small businesses, such as Garden Gate, which uses a b
Review by Bolton Anthony, " Itineraries"
"Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca ", provides a kind of case study of macro changes. It captures the breadth and essence of the fast-growing sustainability and social justice movement in this "small city's big vision." Walker, who has been a grassroots activist her whole life, says she has rarely seen such a blossoming of interest and activity with a common purpose as what is growing in Ithaca: "Amazing activities are going on in fields as diverse as local food and farming, challenging racism, caretaking our watershed, enjoying lively celebrations, honoring our indigenous heritage, and building a vibrant local economy There is a unity of purpose here that is reflected across a wide spectrum of players":

* from the county planning department, which has a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 -- for the whole county of 100,000 people;
* to small businesses, such as Garden Gate, which uses a biodiesel-powered van to deliver fresh, locally grown produce, dairy, meats and more;
* to a consortium of academic institutions all engaged in creating courses about sustainability topics as well as greening their own buildings and operations;
* to grassroots efforts to provide alternative health care, alternative currency, food security, and more.

"Liz Walker takes us into Ithaca's innovative adventures in a way that's both awe-inspiring and warmly companionable. This tonic of a book expands our sense of the possible and readies us for it with stories and strategies. It holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves reconnected with our innate creativity, fairness, and basic sanity... And that is good news." -- Joanna Macy

Review by Bolton Anthony, Itineraries
Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca , provides a kind of case study of macro changes. It captures the breadth and essence of the fast-growing sustainability and social justice movement in this "small city's big vision." Walker, who has been a grassroots activist her whole life, says she has rarely seen such a blossoming of interest and activity with a common purpose as what is growing in Ithaca: "Amazing activities are going on in fields as diverse as local food and farming, challenging racism, caretaking our watershed, enjoying lively celebrations, honoring our indigenous heritage, and building a vibrant local economy There is a unity of purpose here that is reflected across a wide spectrum of players":

* from the county planning department, which has a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 -- for the whole county of 100,000 people;
* to small businesses, such as Garden Gate, which uses a biodiesel-powered van to deliver fresh, locally grown produce, dairy, meats and more;
* to a consortium of academic institutions all engaged in creating courses about sustainability topics as well as greening their own buildings and operations;
* to grassroots efforts to provide alternative health care, alternative currency, food security, and more.

Liz Walker takes us into Ithaca's innovative adventures in a way that's both awe-inspiring and warmly companionable. This tonic of a book expands our sense of the possible and readies us for it with stories and strategies. It holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves reconnected with our innate creativity, fairness, and basic sanity... And that is good news. -- Joanna Macy


Review by Bolton Anthony, Itineraries
Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca , provides a kind of case study of macro changes. It captures the breadth and essence of the fast-growing sustainability and social justice movement in this "small city's big vision." Walker, who has been a grassroots activist her whole life, says she has rarely seen such a blossoming of interest and activity with a common purpose as what is growing in Ithaca: "Amazing activities are going on in fields as diverse as local food and farming, challenging racism, caretaking our watershed, enjoying lively celebrations, honoring our indigenous heritage, and building a vibrant local economy There is a unity of purpose here that is reflected across a wide spectrum of players":

* from the county planning department, which has a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 -- for the whole county of 100,000 people;
* to small businesses, such as Garden Gate, which uses a biodiesel-powered van to deliver fresh, locally grown produce, dairy, meats and more;
* to a consortium of academic institutions all engaged in creating courses about sustainability topics as well as greening their own buildings and operations;
* to grassroots efforts to provide alternative health care, alternative currency, food security, and more.

Liz Walker takes us into Ithaca's innovative adventures in a way that's both awe-inspiring and warmly companionable. This tonic of a book expands our sense of the possible and readies us for it with stories and strategies. It holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves reconnected with our innate creativity, fairness, and basic sanity... And that is good news. -- Joanna Macy

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface - Why I Wrote This Bookp. xi
Introduction - Another World Is Possiblep. 1
Learning from the First Nationsp. 9
Growing a Local Food Culturep. 25
Green Building/Green Energyp. 45
Building a Livable City - Smart Land Use and Transportation Alternativesp. 65
Local, Living Economyp. 85
Educating for a Sustainable Futurep. 103
Getting the Word Out - Alternative Mediap. 123
Health and Wellness for Allp. 135
Addressing Racismp. 151
Ithaca Is Gorgesp. 165
Turning Waste into Goldp. 183
Local Government and Institutional Changep. 197
Changing Culture, Changing Livesp. 211
Art at the Heart - Ithaca Celebrates!p. 221
Bringing It All Together - What Have We Learned?p. 233
Endnotesp. 251
Indexp. 261
About the Authorp. 273
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ISBN: 9780865716759
ISBN-10: 0865716757
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43