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Lauren’s Story

Posted: 2:39PM March 23rd, 2015 | Comments

Lauren Beriont, Director of Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

I want to start off with a call to action. A call to all of the sustainability champions out there to make a pledge to sustainability as you're reading this. 

My sustainability story could start in many places. Floating in the tides of the ocean offshore of New Jersey, camping in the mountains of Maine... No doubt the seeds were planted early, but I truly became a sustainability activist at the University of Michigan where I co-founded the Campus Farm and Sustainable Food Program. In Ann Arbor, I found a movement that understood that a truly resilient future is at the intersection of community and environmental health. 

Why do I work in sustainability? For the people. It is our friends, families, and communities that make this world so unique. I believe every single one of us can live a full life that supports the well-being of both our planet and our society. 

As the Director of Sustainable Neighborhood Initiatives, I have an opportunity to coordinate programing that broadens the conversation around sustainability - both in terms of who is involved, and the scope of our work. Our main programsmART [sustainability + madison + art] brings together the positivity of community art with the hopefulness of envisioning a happy, healthy future. 

This month, our Executive Director Jessie Lerner wrote aboutSustainability in Madison in natural awakenings to highlight the amazing work in our city and how you can get involved.  

Action: This week, ask three of your friends how they're living sustainably and imagine a new pledge of action for all of you.

If you want to learn more about my journey through sustainability or the neighborhood initiative, just shoot me an email, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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