The Shortcut to Sustainability Street provides, guidelines, templates, a sample "note to neighbours " as well as a whole different, optimistic and inspiring take on the "state of the environment", the future and just how exciting being involved in shaping the future is. True! Rich, rewarding, life changing.
Download AboutDaShortcutToSustyStDIO.pdf Version four.1 of the program, informed and evolved throught the experience of hundreds of communities.
Written in 2001, then implemented in the Cities of Moreland Victoria and Wollongong in 2002, the Approach has been evolving ever since. Sustainability Street has now been nourished by the input and experience of more than 250 Sustainability Street Villages fostered around Australia. Participants, known as Streeters or Village People have consistently reported accomplishing three, historiacally important outcomes ...
Download from the selection of studies, reports, letters and university based long term evaluation and measurement, including ...
... it is so easy to get involved in, or more precisely to create your own Sustainability Street ... because once the ice is broken ... connecting with each other is deeply hard wired into our most ancient DNA. On the one hand, programs can be delivered by Sustainability Street Institute practitioners while on the other, the Approach has been written to be"independently doable" by any local community.
For locals working non-commercialy in the interests of nature and of community, copyright, IP and moral rights are waived - so long as you stick to some of the basic essences of the Sustainability Street Approach, you take it and you make it your own! The Approach has been comprehensively documented in the Sustainability Street manual; "It's a Village out there" which is available for sale for those who can pay and for free to those who are unable
Nota bene also, the word "street" in Sustainability Street is a metaphor. A Sustainability Street Village can be any group of people who live nearby, go to the same church, meet at the same playgroup, play in the same footy team, etc, and want to get together to explore a whole other way of hanging out and creating a beacon for others.
There are two ways to get involved ... many local Councils have “trained mentors” who work alongside local communities to “guide” them through the quite unique aspects of difference which makes the SSA so effective and rewarding. (refer the evaluation study summary attached)
However, there’s an even better way … at the most basic level, (and very best local capacity building level) communities around Australia are simply gooing the DIY, “doing-it-for-themselves” ... based on the guidelines, resources, steps and stories of other communities in the Sustainability Street Manual. Go the google on Winston Hills in Western Sydney, a classic DIY Sustainability Street Village or Randwick, Waverley and Wollahara in the East. Or Hobson's Bay in bayside Melbourne, East Preston, The City of Whithorse, and then there is the East Keilor Sustainability Street Village who have created the very famous Walter Burley Griffin Garden.
- How A Sustainabilty Street Village forms and grows - a storyboard
Attached, the 100 words you wanted about the Sustainability Street Approach (SSA), to advertise the session at the Hub. Except, 100 words are too few ... and the next 12 are perfect ... the Sustainability Street Approach is whatever a group of people make it. Of course, there's support along the way! The SSA Manual outlines a solid environmental education and community strengthening structure ... guidelines, insights, templates, case studies, ideas, activities cemented by the power of passion, humour and taking the time. But, the jewel in the Sustainability Street Crown, is what we localise and invent for ourselves ... to share with the world. This provides bottomles, hidden, intangible power.
Indeed, the SSA "feeds our hunger" for the intangibles of life. The aspects which no one can see or sell or measure, but, which're our most viscerally important human treasures. The aspects which are life's juice, energy, motivation, reason, X factor ... such as love, meaning, friendship, joy, belonging, pride, honesty, respect, etc. As well as the all important intangibles, the SSA has strong intellectual rigour (not that the two are mutually exclusive, quite the opposite! Synergystic in fact.) ... as reported in a three year longitudinal evaluation study by the Victoria University. This study documents outstanding environmental, community building, behaviour and culture change results.
All measured and palpable ... which ... alongside the intangibles ... well … va, va, va, vooom!
The Sustainability Street Approach is a local, social response to the crisis ... a grassroots driven template which has been developed over 20 years and continues to be developed with the input, stories and involvement of Sustainability Street Villages all over Australia. The Sustainability Street Approach is very much a part of the "Blessed Unrest" phenomena described by Paul Hawkens and in which he describes a magnificant global, diverse, non-ideological grassroots movements as ... "the Earth's immune response" kicking in! Nice ... or what?
Broadly, Sustainability Street is a manifestation of what Paul Hawken describes as "the Earth's immune system kicking in".
Paul is the author of Blessed Unrest, a catalogue of the perhaps hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of small, local groupings of people who are coming together to live differently and work toward more authentic communities and ecological sustainability.
Check this YouTube of Blessed Unrest. click, view and be INSPIRED!
So, apart from being an aspect of the manifestation of the greatest global movement in human history, as described by Paul Hawken ...
What Else, Specifically, is the SSA?
1. Deep Sustainability
2. Dynamic Capacity Building
3. The 1, 2, 4, 8, 5, 2, 3!
And, as well as that it's also about ...
The 1, 2, 4, 8, 5, 2, 3 of Sustainability Street;.
Other empowering, optimistic and inspiring aspects of theSSA;iavot book …
How can it be on the one hand, that the enormity of human disruption to the great natural systems of the Earth, such as climate damage, biodiversity loss, waste mountains, etc, seem to worsen on a daily basis despite our intelligence, science, art & academia, as well as the huge resources of government/commerce/industry?
On the other hand and in stark contrast, what is the secret behind Sustainability Street Villages achieving 30 - 50% reductions in waste, water and energy. Alongside a lifelong commitment to learning about and creating imaginative local solutions for the Earth?
Prof. Graham Pearman, former chief scientist with the CSIRO, opines that "there is a huge gulf between the science and the policy". Graham calls for a new emotional/cultural stategy for behaviourchange.
A recent New Scientist Magazine reports on a "psychological study" called Good Neighbours ... and finds that...DEEP down, most of us want to fit in with the crowd, and psychologists are exploiting this urge to conform to encourage environmentallyfriendly behaviour. (bit Orwellian perhaps ...)
And then, there's the great Paul Ehrlich (Stanford University, "ThePopulation Bomb"), one of the first to alert the world to theeco-crisis in the 1960s, alongside Rachel Carson and the Club of Rome. Ehrlich says ... in essence, nothing serious is being done – as exemplified by the 'much talk and no action' on climate change. Like Graham, Paul too is urging a return to our deep species being and re-connection with each other ... as the secret to creating a sustainability led culture - before it's too late.
This is Why the Sustainability Street Approach has a role in our "wickedly complex", multi-faceted challenge to live more authentically witheach other and to get along way better with all the other species and natural forms. We can just let the future happen, or we can take steps now to shape it.
So see what Paul Erlich has to say about the pace of change in human culture and society ...
Thinning of the northern ice, melting of the permafrost,
Increasing release of Methane,
Twenty Five times more potent than carbon dioxide
Un-controllable, runaway climate change.
Such serious news!
Now, at last things will change.
Our culture, society, economy ... and life as we know it,
Will palpably change.
For the better.
Three years later,
Pretty much business as usual,
The great Oz scientist Robin Willams, again the ABC,
Tells of the METHANE BURP,
Earth was so clever storing so much carbon in the deep, deep, depths of the oceans.
Damn shame the portents of Earth's indigestion!
The clathrates are coming, the clathrates are coming, quick, quick, do something!!