Modeling Sustainability

Perhaps most concretely, a community manifests its values through its physical design. Local gardens, solar panels on rooftops, and wind turbines spinning on a hilltop are typical signs of an ecologically minded community. Built primarily to reduce ecological and financial footprints of communities, these design features also play a strong role in modeling a sustainable way of living. Many are simple enough to be taken on by practically any community. No matter the size—whether a small town or a neighborhood block—there are immediate opportunities to retrofit a community's design and thereby lower its environmental impact, save money, and model sustainability as well.

Often all that is needed to make these changes is a bit of social support and peer edu-

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