Wednesday, August 09, 2006

You're only a day away...

Since this was mentioned in the Business Monthly recently, I think it's now fit for publication here, a news outlet with a considerably smaller -- but more dedicated, I hope -- base of readers.
I'm writing now from a meeting at the EnviroCenter, a very green building in Jessup, where a bunch of us have gotten together to discuss sustainability and how we can bring it to Howard County. Sponsoring tonight's chat is a group/growing coalition I've been working with for several months, Howard County Tomorrow.

Although we're probably not quite ready for prime time, a foundation of guiding principles and policies is available on the website, including this mission statement: "The mission of Howard County Tomorrow is to engage our citizens and stakeholders in the work of building an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous Sustainable Community in Howard County and the Baltimore Washington Region that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Also on the website is an extensive, interactive and in progress Plan for a Sustainable Community. I know several tree huggers like me read this blog, and I'd be interested to hear their takes -- and those of non-tree huggers -- on this still-developing framework, which covers far more than just the environment -- for instance, equity, transporation, arts, affordable housing and historic preservation.


hocoblog said...

Tree Hugger can have such bad connotations. Enviromentally responsible sounds so much better.

Anyway, I am glad someone is doing this and I hope your ideas are incorporated in the new density in Town Center and can influence the design of Howard County's new (and inevitable) municiple building.

mary smith said...

If marketing to the public would help support advancing green building, then setting up a prototype for people to visit, children to field trip to, might go a long way toward mainstream enthusiasm.

The Maryland Higher Ed Commission replied to my request for such a protype in Howard County. Calvin Burnett (MHEC Secty) asked that I contact Ron Roberson, VP for Academic Affairs at HCC to get this started.

Would this be worthwhile? Can the green building group in Jessup help? It seems silly for me to try getting this project set up on my own.