One of the founding principles of Kent’s Bicentennial Plan was sustainability.
In the Plan, sustainability had broad shoulders holding up goals for environmental sustainability, social sustainability and even fiscal sustainability.
With such a broad reach, sustainability initiatives can be tough to pin down. The good news is the Bicentennial Plan recognized that challenge and came up with a to do list for each of the sustainability categories.
The City, sustainability-minded volunteers, the University and Kent businesses have been quietly going about the work of achieving those initial goals (see the latest sustainability status report), adding new ones along the way as the first batch get accomplished.
Sustainability is still probably most closely associated with environmental preservation, protection, and restoration — and one of the most effective environmental movers and shakers through the years has been the Kent Environmental Council.
This 1970’s community organization may not be as young as it used to be but its membership is still as environmentally committed as ever with local projects big and small. Education and sharing information remains one of their top priorities and they have announced the 2011 Kent Environmental Council Fall Forum, titled (appropriately) — “Kent Sustainability?”
The Forum will be held Thursday, November 10, from 7-9pm at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent.
The featured speaker will be David Beach, from the Cleveland Natural History Museum and founder of EcoCity, Cleveland, reporter and author. He will address sustainability with a focus on Northeastern Ohio. His keynote address will be followed by the three aspects of sustainability. Melanie Knowles, Manager of Sustainability at KSU will address Environment. Robert Howard, retired hospital administrator will speak to the issue of Equity and Jack Crews, Kent Regional Business Alliance will address Economics.
For additional information go to http://www.kentenvironment.org/or contact Deb Butler, 330.678.0227.
As a side note, I noticed that some sustainability minded students had recently completed some clean up work at the Mogadore Reservoir. Being the young techies that they are, they produced a home grown video to show off the work they did.
It’s great to see the next generation picking up where the list one left off and on this cloudy rainy day, the fall shots of the Reservoir are worth watching.