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Urban agriculture and sustainability projects for the 99% - Request for recommendations

From: user 6.
Sent on: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:26 PM

Urban agriculture and sustainability projects for the 99%
Request for recommendations

There are many areas of overlap between the climate change, local food, and economic justice movements.  Their agendas come together as part of an urgently needed transition to a renewable energy economy. Projects that embody these overlapping goals while creating income at the grassroots level can attract more participants and spread more quickly than those that don't.   Some virtuous projects, such as white roof painting and rooftop water catchment, will appeal to a minority of dedicated activists but their crossover into the general population will be limited .  For new approaches to become standard practices, they'll either have to be required by law, or offer enough tangible benefit to motivate average citizens.  A workshop at the Brooklyn Food Conference in May will review such projects.  We've found several but are looking for more.

Please recommend urban agriculture and sustainability projects that meet these criteria:

- Offer enough benefit – either in income, savings, or production – to appeal solely as a business proposition, without reliance on their social or environmental benefits
- Advance climate change response, and promote economic and social justice
- Increase community resilience by improving food and energy security
- Suitable for non-profit groups within low income communities to become local partners or customers of the project, or set it up independently themselves
- Suitable for cooperative businesses or small business entrepreneurs

Raising the bar a little higher, can anyone recommend projects that:

- Don't require a high cash investment to start
- Rely on appropriate technology, low tech design or DIY practices
- Are being used in developing countries but can be applied to US cities 

In addition to projects in urban agriculture and food production, those in the areas of energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, or transportation services are welcome.

A report from the workshop will be distributed to potential allies among nonprofits, advocacy groups and the OWS community. Contact Dan Miner, volunteer at at  [address removed] or call[masked] x 27.
Click here for more details about the project and the workshop.


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