"... the earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its own right, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence".
(Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 6, 1789)
Tread Lightly on the Earth
'Every one of us can do something to protect and care for our planet. We should live in a way that makes a future possible.' -- Thich Nhat Hanh
"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live."
-- Dalai Lama
More about SustainabilityMany smart growth and green building advocates have embraced diverse landscaping ideas. It will not be long before the entire building industry realizes the cost benefits of diverse landscapes. In order to create a truly green future we must have compatible landscape codes that provide maximum flexibility and are conducive to future sustainability endeavors. We are moving into the 21 st century and our world is changing. Our local governments need to get on the sustainability bandwagon in a big way and be proactive by adopting and supporting appropriate legislation. Progressive cities such as Portland, San Francisco and Oakland have seen the value of promoting diverse landscapes. While improving their city's sustainability factor, they remain among the most coveted real estate markets in the country. It seems that diverse landscapes have not hurt property values in their cities.
The kitchen garden, once a standard fixture of most American households, is gaining renewed attention as one component of the movement towards local, fresh and seasonal foods. Many people who take up kitchen gardening are concerned about the sustainability of a system in which most foods in a typical meal have traveled over 1,500 miles to get to their tables. Some kitchen gardeners are drawn by the variety of heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid plants available to growers, while others are attracted by freshness, flavor and nutritional value.