11 Nov '11, 11am

Defense insiders: Sustainable communities are key to the future

Defense insiders: Sustainable communities are key to the future

David Orr. Photo: Lisa DeJong This story is the second of two pieces excerpted from a feature story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the first piece here , and the full Chronicle story here . Environmental studies professor David Orr has set out to turn the aging rust belt town of Oberlin, Ohio, into a laboratory for sustainability. In the process, he has drawn interest from unlikely places: Experts from the military and in national security see the Oberlin Project as a compelling plan to focus on vulnerabilities in the nation's food, energy, and socioeconomic systems. They and others, including leaders of the New America Foundation , a nonpartisan Washington research group, see it as a model that communities across the country could follow. One of Orr's most vocal advocates is Col. Mark "Puck" Mykleby of the U.S. Marines, who just retired as special strategic as...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-11-11-defense-insiders-s...

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