Tuesday, April 9, 2013


The town of Livingston can serve as a model for other suburbs on how to treat the environment. Livingston does many great things that have influence my life to make me interested in the environment. The town encourages all of its residents to be green in various ways and even teaches residents how to be greener. The Green Team can help a person learn to compost or just learn what can be recycled. But the town goes beyond just helping the residents and actually sets an example. Recently solar panels have been placed on all municipal buildings and on telephone poles, has switched to hybrid buses, and plants trees and shrubs continuously.
However the progress does not stop there. My home town is currently at the end of its “5 Year Strategic Plan” to continue to make Livingston a better place to live. In this short period of time I have seen the town change and shift toward making a community that not only cares about the environment, but is more educated about how each person can help. I have been to the workshops that teach people about rain water collection and composting and I have seen the signs spring up around town asking people to not idle their cars.
Livingston is different than other towns because people are willing to use their money to make a better community and most suburbs have residents who are not (Loker et al, 1999). In most cases what holds back a suburban community is that people are not willing to invest in management plans because they do not see it as feasible economically. My home town has been able to implement campaigns to manage the deer population, changeover to more efficient light bulbs in street lights, buy community hybrid vehicles and much more all with investments from the people of my town. Livingston truly is a model suburb town that many other towns could learn a lot from.
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