[p.s. pre-script — apologies to all you #WATWB peeps. I must have checked the Mayan Calendar when I thought this month’s post was on the 24th! If you want to put this aside until the 31st and come back and read it on the real #WATWB Friday, feel free to do so. ;0)]
Home Sustainable Home
Well, the kids left for college this week — first time out of the gate for the youngest so it was emotional on many levels for all parties involved, but particularly we the parents who are now without young nesters to boss around, I mean negotiate with, and while that may sound like a dream to those who relish the quiet, I think I’m more of the parenting variety who extols the virtues of quiet yet thrives amid the chaos, embracing the crap out of it. So understandably, I’m a little at odds with the house today, and while I know I will inevitably get used to my kids being at college, I’m kind of thinking it will get a bit worse before it gets better
But, and it’s a big BUT, one thing which has improved beyond all my imaginings is the foyer with its zillions of pairs of shoes that could never seem to find their way to the shoe rack. It went from looking like this:
to this much more sustainable and inviting version.
What an evolution in a period of 24 hours! This may make it all worth it.
So while I sit here, waiting for my cell phone to ding — already I see my outgoing texts are not being answered with the regularity or frequency of which I’d hoped, while the incoming ones usually require some kind of effort on my part — I will leave you with this exciting little tidbit about my town, little old Lancaster, Pennsylvania (founded in 1729). It just so happens that Lancaster is one of the first cities in the world, that’s world, to achieve the gold standard in sustainability, garnering a LEEDs Certification status for the entire city! Oh yeah! We rock it! We rock it!
LEEDs stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and just the green infrastructure program alone (dedicated to keeping the stormwater out of the combined sewer system) is worth the trip. In order to get the certification, Lancaster has committed to sustainable practices and is tracking how it deals with “water, energy, waste, transportation and “human experience” – which encompasses social factors such as education, equitability, income, and health and safety.” Other cities recognized include Washington D.C.; Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington County, Virginia; Songdo, South Korea; Savona, Italy; and Surat, India.
As the population grows (7.6 billion and counting) and demand for resources becomes more acute, sustainability is the key to actually having a future. It’s not as hard as it sounds — the EPA mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle will help you get started if you want to “sustainablize” your own life. Hey, if sleepy little Lancaster can do it, so can you and your city.
We Are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) Friday continues with a whole contingent of writers and if you want to join the party go here.
Remember, keep it brief, keep it uplifting, and keep it real.