April 3, 2014
Lets applaud those small changes leading to larger impact. In sustainable thinking all work toward sustainability lead to sustainable change. As in manufacturing continuous improvements lead to major changes over time. The work of “Nonprofit receives ASU sustainability award for transforming vacant lots” that changes community from sprawl to beauty.
Can you change the world in 180 seconds? That’s what Social Venture Partners Arizona asked of participants at its annual Fast Pitch, a competition where nonprofits share their vision and strategy in three minutes or less in hopes of winning funding and mentorship. Project Rising, an “urban infill accelerator,” won the 2014 Walton Sustainability Solutions Award, given by Arizona State University’s Sustainability Solutions Festival, for turning vacant lots into places to be. ”
The businesses Project Rising engenders from the community offer long-term employment in Arizona, safe lighting for neighborhoods, community gathering places and social connectivity,” said Kelly Saunders, a Fast Pitch judge and project coordinator of the Sustainability Solutions Festival, a program of ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. “Project Rising understands that it is more sustainable and successful to create a community with the community,” reports ASU News.
Leslie Lindo, co-founder and executive director of Project Rising, observed the negative impacts of urban sprawl as a builder representative in the production home industry. She started Project Rising to foster a stronger, healthier community based on sustainable building. “About 43 percent of Phoenix is filled with vacant lots,” said Lindo, also the first certified sustainable building adviser in Arizona. “We can reactivate these areas with the ideas of the community, the ingenuity of local investors and the knowledge of stakeholders to turn Phoenix into a connector city that serves as a value-driven model for growing urban areas.
It takes celebrating sustainable change to activate community and economic development. It is said that one person can make a difference; whereas, two can make a significant difference. The urban sprawl and vacant lots are changed by garden, art and community creativity to change what is brown to green.
Learn More: Next year’s Sustainability Solutions Festival week, scheduled for Feb. 16-21, 2015, will ask participants to reimagine what’s to come. To join as a partner, contact Kelly Saunders. Media contact: Jason Franz, Jason.Franz@asu.edu Strategic Marketing and Communications 480-727-4072