The Sustainability Buzz

Vibrant Sustainability Community on View in PA/NJ Region

PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium LogoIt seems almost every day brings more disheartening news of governmental dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, DC.  One could believe that nothing of value is getting accomplished as the country sits frozen in a partisan Ice Age. Based on the evidence at the 3rd annual PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium held last week at Temple University, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Speaker after speaker highlighted innovative, dynamic partnerships that are being forged among government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector to tackle a wide variety of sustainability problems.  Initiatives in bringing fresh food to underserved schools, cultivating a public school climate committed to sustainability, encouraging sustainable inner city economic development and investment through policy, planning and community engagement, heightening citizen engagement in water conservation through educational programs and tours, and many others demonstrated the viability of cross-functional collaboration.

These groups don’t hear the words “can’t” and “shouldn’t”.  They are breaking down the walls to work together to get things done in a difficult time.  As RaShaun Williams, a young Temple student and entrepreneur replied when questioned about how he dealt with the slowness of change in policy and politics, “It’s not about policy or politics; it’s about performance.  If they tell you that you can’t do it, just do it anyway.  They’ll change the policy.”

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