Citizens taking action ~ Vancouver, Lower Mainland, and beyond.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Act Locally

Remember those starlings, who taught us that the seven people closest to us might be our partners in steering our whole "flock" out of danger.

Shelagh Lindsey is a long-time steerer of flocks. Her career path led her to UBC's School of Architecture in the late 1970s, and she went on to graduate a string of dedicated new urbanists.

Now retired and an octogenarian, Shelagh is still a change agent. She is steering her neighbours and management at her Cavell Gardens retirement complex towards Zero Waste practices.

A 2006 study in Metro Vancouver estimated that the recycling rate for multi-family residences is 20% -- compared with 52% for the region as a whole. It is pressure from within, from change-agents like Shelagh, that will drive this rate up.

pic: msnbc Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis

1 comment:

Mariam said...

Well written article.