"Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society that you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now!"
~ Paul Goodman (1911-1972),
Author and Sociologist
The environmental and economic consequences of climate change compel us,
as Winona's largest public and private institutions, to commit to
reducing greenhouse emissions through the promotion of energy
conservation, low carbon energy technologies and pollution-prevention
strategies. Recognizing the linkages between climate change, energy
security, environmental health and robust economic growth, we are partnering
as Sustain Winona to share experiences, fund solutions, and educate our
communities on the need for aggressive action to address climate change.
A Community Sustainability Collaboration
Sustainability depends on developing methods, systems and materials that will not deplete resources or harm natural cycles. Living a sustainable life means making choices, individually and institutionally, personally and publicly. As citizens we need to convince our government officials - local, state and national - of the importance of achieving a balance that is sustainable.
Sustainablity, by its very nature, requires collaboration.
In the spirit of collaboration, Winona’s largest public and private institutions - Winona State University, the City of Winona, the County of Winona, Winona Area Public Schools, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Cotter High School and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - have all committed to partnering together to “walk the talk” in implementing sustainable environmental practices.