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Sustainability For Everyone: Rethinking Piedmont Ideas About Green, Living, and Local

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Published on Mar 22, 2012

Sustainability in the Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem) has been mostly defined as a specialized interest of the well-to-do and those able to ride out the region's higher than average unemployment and poverty rates. Well-intentioned locals confuse sustainability with upscale restaurants featuring local food menus, Starbucks, Apple stores and other brand-able, aspirational trends, ignoring fundamental problems like culture and history. The Montagnard community and other refugee-immigrant groups remind mainstream Americans how far off the mark they are when in comes to community building, economic development and environmental preservation. The most obvious disconnection has been the failure of local American agriculture (which wants to see more farmers stay on the land) to engage with refugee communities full of farmers (who lack land access).

Thanks to Ha H, Lek Siu, Jeo Y and Gelly Long, all Page High School seniors graduating this year (2012). Also thanks to Rmah Dock and Y Suk Buonkrong for their traditional musical perfomance.

For more, http://youngprojects.blogspot.com

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