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Linked Indicators of Sustainability Build Bridges of Trust

Citizens who pursue environmental initiatives in community contexts face an ecology of social and economic issues that is extremely complex and often difficult for the outsider to penetrate. This fact alone suggests the need for local residents to be intimately and powerfully involved in partnerships with professionals who address sustainability concerns. Further, there is strong reason for professionals who work in community settings to maintain a detachment regarding their own professional expertise. Professionals tend to be specialists, while residents tend to be generalists: they are the experts on local systems. Frequently, academic or professional specialties contribute to a discourse that is narrower than is required to address the complexity of local issues. Dealing with single issues in isolation from each other may play a powerful role in creating models for action, but such a strategy is seldom effective in addressing complex issues, especially in rapidly changing conditions.

Several Minneapolis neighborhoods fronting the Mississippi River have worked closely with both professional and academic experts to take solid, practical steps toward building a more integrative approach. Central to these initiatives is a conviction that environmental, social, and economic issues cannot be separated. As partners in the first U.S. effort to engage residents in creating sustainability indicators for their own locales, residents of Seward and Longfellow neighborhoods built new bridges of trust, linked issues that had been fragmented, and defined pioneering indicators. These are not only important to their locale but also useful as tools for other locales globally.

Linked Indicators of Sustainability Build Bridges of TrustKenneth A. MeterCitizens who pursue environmental initiatives in community contexts face an ecology of social and economic issues that is extremely complex and often difficult for the outsid
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