The Future is Insight

The title of this blog works on many levels- it plays off of my belief in hybrids being a critical step towards our future, the fact that introspection and mindful planning are critical to our future, and that the future is literally in sight for those that are willing to see it. Here I chronicle my attempt to Be the Change I wish to see in the world-and to help make that Future a Reality.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Eco Municipality Update

So here are some of the latest and greatest for our little Village as it becomes more Green.

1) Stormwater. We will be submitting a request for proposals to implement our Water Resource Management Plan now that we have secured the grant. This would be a Drainage Plan in other communities, but we are looking to treat our water not as a problem to send downstream, but as a resource that is absolutely vital to everything from, well, living, to commercial enterprises as varied as agriculture, textiles, and your local car wash. One of the coolest things that we want to see come out of this is the installation of a Stormwater Utility. That's right, we will be taxing runoff as well as sewer. You put up a big Discount Retail store and a 1000 car parking lot and you will be helping us monthly to readjust our watershed to compensate. Or you can install permeable paving, percolation rich detention ponds, and a green roof and you might even get a monthly credit. Same goes for residential. Money talks. Think carbon credits but on a storm sewer level.

2) Community Gardens. I had this added for next month after I became aware that we have 16 acres of what will be a future park rented out to a local farmer. I will be presenting a plant to see about 2-4 of those acres split off into 1/8 acre chunks for the whopping sum of $25/yr to anyone who wants more land. Revenue will go to our Green Committee, and any remaining land that is unused would be donated to the local Master Gardeners who would run a market garden on it to support charities. This would also give us a nice venue for holding regular seminars on things such as composting, organic/biointensive gardening, mulching, xeriscaping, etc. for public education. Biggest concern is that no one is interested in a market garden as 95% of our community has a large backyard. Still if even 5 signed up this would be a win.

3) Sustainability Library. I have posted before that I am concerned that we need to educate our community more on Sustainability issues if we are to Succeed as a Eco Municipality. To that end I will be meeting with our Librarian next week to discuss the feasibility of creating a library section of cross discipline books to help our community learn more about the problems and more importantly the solutions. Hoping to start with at least 20 volumes and have it grow to 100+. With our library being so small, even a small display gets noticed in a hurry so this could generate some buzz.

So here is a homework assignment for my faithful readers:

Post a comment with some of your favorite books on Sustainability. Books that gave you an "Aha!" Books that you talked about with family or co-workers. Books that made you change.
I will then do my best to get them into our library.

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At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be very few surprises on my list, I'm thinking. Here are some (with a definite food focus) that come to mind:

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan

All Flesh is Grass, The Contrary Farmer
Gene Logsdon

The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest
Elliot Coleman

Square Foot Gardening
Mel Bartholomew

Gaia's Garden
Toby Hemmenway

Seed to Seed
Kent Whealy

Chicken Tractor
Andy Lee, Pat Foreman

The Integral Urban House
Farallones Institute
(a little dated, but still useful)

Root Cellaring
Nancy Bubel

Putting Food By
Janet Greene

I can keep going if the library's not full yet... :)

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Beo said...

THANKS! The more the merrier! I should also say that our 2000 souls are a decent mix small town Wisconsin and our growth is driven by suburbanites.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger John Hoile said...

"Adelaide Nature of a City" at

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Beo said...

Thanks John. The book looks intriguing and insanely detailed. But I have to say, at current exchange rates I don't see us being able to foot the $90+ for the book-that's 1/6 of my budget!


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