Add Sustainability Section

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 4, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I recently moved back to Austin, and upon my return, I started searching for groups and organizations connected to sustainability and was disappointed in the incongruity in the level of sustainability activities in Austin and easily, massively accessible information on these activities in Austin's major media sources. With this information more readily accessible, Austinites will be more informed and empowered to demand that Austin become the leader in sustainability not only on an individual basis but as a whole community. The community one lives in truly contributes to the level of which a person can have a sustainable lifestyle without having to live on the fringe of society.
    All this is to hopefully sell you on the idea of creating a "Sustainability" section in the Chronicle, a section similar to the others (Food, Music, Film, etc.) but with the topic of sustainability. I have seen some sustainability/green events in the Community Listings section of the Chronicle and occasional articles, but I think that such activity is more abundant and important to Austin's image, vision, and citizens that it merits having its own section. As a result of the exposure to this movement via the new Sustainability section, Austinites will be encouraged to get (more) involved in helping Austin to progress to the most sustainable city in the U.S. The new section could cover topics such as environmental concerns, promotion of "buy local,” encouraging sustainable community development, natural building, new ideas for sustainable things Austinites can do at home, and its own events calendar.
    I would love to see the Chronicle be the leader bringing more focus to sustainability in Austin.
Jaynna Sims
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