Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rust Belt Town Goes Green

Green, and beyond
A thoughtful new plan links environmental protection in greater Toledo to economic growth and social equity

4/22/2014 - A week that includes Earth Day is a good time for Lucas County government and other key public and private actors to introduce their long-term sustainability plan for Toledo, its suburbs, and the region. But the proposals they will unveil today amount to more than a tree-hugger’s manifesto that includes a handful of environmentally friendly initiatives.

Instead, the plan’s authors seek to “go beyond green” to address what they call a triple bottom line: improving local environmental quality, while also promoting economic growth and strengthening communities. This comprehensive approach deserves the attention, and support, of all Tolodeans.

The sustainability plan, summarized as “people, planet, and profit,” is an outgrowth of years of discussions among local public officials, employers, community and environmental groups, and other major social and educational institutions. read more>>>

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