Vision and Mission



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.


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


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.”[1]

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.).

[1] 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.