Becoming a sustainable community has become somewhat of a buzz word across the United States over the last few years, and Toledo has been no different. The push has come as many neighborhoods across the city were already striving to make positive changes for a better future.
Sustainable communities, by definition, are designed to be environmentally, economically and socially resilient and healthy. The cities and towns work toward integrated solutions to issues rather than just targeting the symptoms of each problem one at a time. This helps them to address environmental problems in the present while offering a long term solution for the future. This prevents the same issues from recurring generation after generation.
Building a sustainable community is not as difficult as it sounds. In fact, Minnesota has become a much more sustainable community in only a few years. Progress can be seen all around the city. Compared to two decades ago, Toledo residents today used far less fuel and create far fewer greenhouse gases which pollute the air. Local waterways are no longer filled with garbage and chemicals. Almost every neighborhood has a public park or greenspace. Across Toledo, cultural and social opportunities bring people of all ages and income levels together.
There are nonprofit-sponsored neighborhood gardens planted in almost every food desert community. People are more active thanks to newly installed bike lanes and walking trails. Schools, businesses and private homes use solar panels and windmills as alternative power sources.
Three factors work together to build a more sustainable community. The environment, the economy and social equality all work together to make life better for all residents. The City of Toledo is addressing these factors through sustainable, permanent solutions in order to make the community a better place to live for all people.
Ensuing the economy is thriving means creating jobs and raising wages. The higher the standard of living, the better residents can live. In addition, they will have more money to spend, which will further bolster the economy.
Doing everything possible to ensure the city is environmentally green is a big step in ensuring future generations grow up healthy. Clean water and air are important natural resources for all people. By reducing the role cars play and reducing the reliance on traditional fuel sources, air pollution is reduced. Cleaning up waterways and managing natural resources has also helped the city to become more green.
Ensuring equality in the way every resident’s social needs are met is the last of these three factors. By working toward this goal, more Toledo residents have access to affordable health care, high quality education and reliable transportation than ever before. This process can reach every culture and income level, because all residents are encouraged to participate in all decision making processes.
These three factors work together to build a strong, sustainable community. If one of the factors is faltering, however, the entire community becomes weak. Economic, environmental and social concerns must be addressed equally to ensure a strong city for today and for the future.
Much work has been done recently to make the City of Toledo a more sustainable community. The city’s leaders and residents are dedicated to continue striving toward better environmental health, economic stability and social equality. Because residents are involved, this goal is continuing regardless of changes in the political climates.
To ensure the city continues to make progress toward its sustainability goals, Toledo is using a list of 26 indicators to judge their progress. These indicators bolster confidence because they show that progress has been made, but they also show there is still much work ahead. By keeping an eye on this list of indicators, city leaders and residents alike and ensure all people in Toledo can live healthy lives both today and in the future.
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