Sustainability means a Local, Living Economy

Everyone seems to be talking about “sustainability” and how communities can become more sustainable. Sustainability is NOT just about solar panels and recycling, its also about social and economic sustainability.  The video below showcases Bellingham, Washington as one of the country’s most sustainable communities, thanks to its “local, living economy.”  With a majority of the businesses in Bellingham owned locally, a larger percentage of their citizens’ consumer spending stays in their community, for reinvestment in the local economy.  As you can see from this video, not only does this encourage development during a sluggish economic period, but it also engenders SOCIAL sustainability with increased concern and buy-in from citizens in their community.