About one week ago, as a part of our school’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I had the pleasure of leading a workshop that considered the intersection points of diversity and sustainability. These ideas traditionally have received very little shared bandwidth, though that is changing, thanks to the work of folks like Majora Carter, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Green For All, as well as Will Allen’s Milwaukee-based Growing Power. Perhaps most crucially, if we are ever to realize the vision of recovery that Americans so desperately seek in these hard times, we must address some very fundamental deficiencies, and inefficiencies, that blight the cores of our great cities. The idea that we might use sustainable growth strategies and responsible development to remediate these problems is not so much radical, as it is radically simple.
Perhaps more relevantly to the students who filled the room, our school, as a diverse residential community, provides a fertile environment within which to build meaningful reforms for the outside world.