How Green Is Your Town?

Grassroots Environmental Education, a New York-based non-profit, recently announced the launch of a new comprehensive, science-based greenweb,

The 200-plus page online initiative draws together resources from government agencies and non-profits across America to address the issues of climate change, sustainability and environmental health in one user-friendly site. It’s designed to give local citizens and decision makers the tools they need to bring about meaningful and lasting change.

The web site provides ready-to-go policy solutions, program ideas and links to the most innovative, cost-effective and award-winning solutions from entities that have found their “piece of the puzzle.” Additionally, our unique “Green Links” contain hundreds of carefully screened companies offering truly green solutions. (Finally, a “No Greenwash Zone” for products and services.)

The program also provides 142 rating criteria to assess the green infrastructure of towns and cities. Grassroots is currently partnering with colleges and universities across the country to provide environmental assessments of local towns. Using our website’s municipal environmental rating criteria, students in environmental studies classes will affect change at the local level by providing residents a “baseline” snapshot of their town’s eco-efforts. Results will be posted on the website beginning in the late fall of 2009, so that local residents can view their town’s results and lobby local government, school and business leaders to help “raise their score” by adopting new green policies.

Posted by: Lauren