Sustainable Communities – What They Are + Key Components

Updated May 4, 2021

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It’s not just a vision for tomorrow: Sustainable 9 Design + Build creates homes for tomorrow today, reflected in its enduring commitment to green, high performance, energy-efficient homes that are stunningly designed and custom-built.

Sustainable communities are committed to making the environment better and better. Everyone desires a community with clean water, clean air, and a beautiful landscape. But, eco-communities go above and beyond to ensure that they take care of their community.

Today we’re breaking down what sustainable communities look like, what you need to do to be a part of one, and some of the different elements that make up these communities. Each of the points that we’ll touch on is from the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The work done by this organization has helped to bring sustainability to communities around the world.

However, sustainability shouldn’t just be something that is sought after in faraway places. We can make a difference in the world by making small changes in the communities that we live in. So without further ado, let’s dive in and get started!

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Leadership and Civic Engagement

One of the most important parts of building a successful and sustainable community is ensuring that everyone is bought into the community’s same mission and vision. This can be easily done by ensuring that there is good leadership. Leadership, time and time again, will greatly impact any community’s future and livelihood. It can also substantially impact civic engagement. Here are some of the best ways for leaders to increase civic engagement:

  • Allow equal opportunity for citizens to participate in and influence the decisions that will affect everyone’s life.
  • Access to public information.
  • Create an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for diverse viewpoints, beliefs, and values.
  • Show political stability.
  • Show interest in other communities by not compromising the sustainability of other communities.

Each of these actions is overshadowed by the need to show respect for both your environment and your fellow community members. It’s important to show mutual respect for everyone involved in the community, especially if you’re seeking to come together around a common goal.

Ecological Integrity

Everyone deserves access to the same basic needs for human life. Clean air, clean water, and nutritious uncontaminated food. A community that can work together to ensure that each of these needs is met will together become more sustainable. You can do a lot as an individual to help create a more sustainable future for your community.

Sustainable Housing

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Choosing sustainable products for your home can make a huge impact on your community. One way to build a more sustainable house is to use products that are sourced sustainably. Another way is to purchase energy-efficient appliances. At Sustainable 9, we ensure that all of our custom-built homes are sustainable. From the products used in the home to the efficiency of appliances, insulation, heating and cooling, and more. You can trust that our homes are built right.

Sustainable, Clean Energy

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Solar panels have become increasingly popular throughout the United States, but not just because they offer clean energy. Clean energy, such as solar panels, can save you a lot of money. The panels themselves are an investment, but you’ll be able to save money on your electricity bill while also helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Who doesn’t want to save money and help curve climate change at the same time?

Recycle and Pick Up Trash

An easy way that every homeowner can make a difference right away and without spending money is recycling and picking up trash throughout their communities. Parks, highways, roadways, and even neighborhoods can become littered with trash at times. You can make a huge difference by simply picking up trash pieces when you can and ensuring that it ends up in the right place.

Sustainable Communities Create Social Well-Being

Social well-being refers to a food supply that optimizes local production, adequate health services, housing, and education. Helping to keep the community free from crime, offering a sense of belonging, and allowing places for expression of arts, public spaces, and historic resources.

Every community should be a place where families are given the opportunity to thrive and build relationships with their neighbors. Homeowners move throughout the U.S. to ensure that their families will have a healthy opportunity for a healthy, well-educated, and safe life. Everyone has a role to play in what that looks like for your community.

Economic Security

Last up on our list is the need to provide economic security for the community. There are several ways to do this, but each of them takes a different level of leadership and responsibility. One way that residents of communities can make a difference is by supporting local businesses and choosing to shop at small local retailers and restaurants instead of just large-scale corporate chains.

Investing resources into the local economy through tax breaks and wellness centers can help local government. Additionally, local government can provide opportunities for small businesses and provide them with appropriate resources to succeed. When properly stewarded, small businesses can provide not only income for those who own them but also job opportunities for other members of the community.

If you want to take a step towards sustainability and be a part of greater sustainable communities worldwide, working together to combat climate change and create a greener planet. Start by taking small everyday steps that you can control.

After that, consider learning more about sustainable housing and what you can do in your home to make it more sustainable. If you’re interested in learning more about the custom-built green homes by Sustainable 9, we’d love to talk with you. Reach out to us today to learn more!


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