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Community Activists Using Design for Sustainable Improvements

Gains1Community organizer Beth Vild shares some sustainable ideas picked up from her recent trip to Portland at last week’s Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) meeting.
(Photo: Svetla Morrison)


Story by Connie Williams


Many Akron residents are working diligently toward a sustainable community, but the tools we need could already be around us, with potential ideas like front-yard gardens and edible landscapes to help sustain healthy neighborhoods.

At last week’s Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) meeting at Uncorked Wine Bar in the Musica Complex on Market Street, community activists Beth Vild and Jessica Myers focused on their recent trip to Portland, Ore., for City Repair’s 15th annual Village Building Convergence.

City Repair is an organization that uses urban permaculture, civic engagement and placemaking to foster cooperation and interaction within the community. Permaculture is a way to garden and landscape that takes advantage of natural elements and meets all the needs of its inhabitants.

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Alternative Transportation Discussed at Recent GAINS Meeting – 2013-08-21

By: Devin Conner

Alternative transportation was recently discussed at the latest Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) meeting held at Musica in downtown Akron and one of those alternatives were electric bicycles.

As gas prices continue to occupy the forefront of community discussions and the effect of our nation’s energy consumption we are led to the reality that finding new ways to get around is a necessity.

Unfortunately, many people do not know much about the different options at their disposal, according to GAINS who met to discuss ways to curb our reliance on fossil fuels for transportation.

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