Sustainable Communities

Increasingly people are coming together in communities to work towards sustainability.  Not only does this help to make people feel like the many small things they do add up to something significant (when put together with all the small things others are doing), it also connects people in real and meaningful ways, and impacts more on the way organisations and communities work in general.

On this page we’ve found resources that help you live more sustainable outside your home and in your community. We will soon add information about community gardens and a range of other great sustainability initiatives taking place in our region to the Local Projects section of our website.

Information about sustainable communities

The Car Pool is an online resource to help people carpool by connecting people who need transport with people who can provide it.  It includes small villages and locations across our project region.  Thinking of buying a new car?  Make sure it’s fuel efficient by checking the Green Vehicle Guide.

Get together with others in your street to make it a Sustainability Street.  On a Sustainability Street neighbours work together to share resources and create a more sustainable neighbourhood.

The Sharehood is all about sharing resources within your neighbourhood and helps you to meet and make friends with people in your local area. All sorts of things can be shared, such as sewing machines, vegetables, wheelbarrows, tools, cars and books. Skills can be shared too: gardening help, bike fixing, language skills, childminding, how to make wine or dance the tango.

Transition Towns is a worldwide movement of ordinary people finding ways of being sustainable and resilient for the health and wellbeing of our children, ourselves and our planet.  It can be applied to whatever kind of community you live in: suburb, city, town, village or even an island. Check out the Transition Australia blog  to find out about any Transition activities happening in your area.

Looking to build or buy a new home?  Why not consider finding or initiating a cohousing arrangement?  Cohousing and ecovillages are small, mainstream, residential projects facilitating and intentional way of living together and doing it better. Cohousing has a communal/collaborative component, but residents still live in independent and privately owned houses or units.  An example in a rural agricultural setting is Rosnay organic farms.  A new cohousing development in inner-city Melbourne is Urban Coup.

Community gardens are establishing in towns and villages across our region.  They bring people together to relearn the skills of food growing, and are also a great way for people in communities to connect. The Australian City Farms and Community Garden Network can help you find out more about the ins and outs of setting up and running a community garden.  Landshare is a new national organisation that links people looking for land to grow vegetables with people who have land to spare.

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    October 29th, 2014

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