We believe education, demonstration, and celebration of urban sustainable living will create equitable communities and healthy ecosystems.
MUD promotes urban sustainable living through hands-on learning, resource sharing, and community engagement.
HOW WE ACHIEVE OUR MISSION
Education: Backyard Sustainability Workshop Series, Sustainability Resources Library and Website, Youth Education Program (YEP!)
Demonstration: Central Demonstration Site, Resource-sharing Programs (Tool Library and Truck Share), MUD Central Site
Celebration: Annual Downtown Earth Day Celebration, Annual Garden Party, MUD Mingles
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE LIVING?
Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which in turn depends on the well-being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
Since the 1980’s, human sustainability has implied the integration of economic, social and environmental spheres to: “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Efforts to live more sustainably can take many forms from reorganizing living conditions on a community scale, reappraising economic sectors and work practices such as construction and agriculture, and using science to develop new technologies to adjustments in individual lifestyles (gardening, biking, etc.).
 United Nations General Assembly (1987) Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. Transmitted to the General Assembly as an Annex to document A/42/427 – Development and International Co-operation: Environment. Retrieved on: 2009-02-15.