Incubate and facilitate the growth of social enterprises and public education programs that leverage, impact and promote local value creation and investment. Such enterprises and programs are guided by environmental values and foster community sustainability.
By 2020, SCI will have incubated / facilitated social enterprises and policies central to creating a 'zero-waste' economy in our region.
SCI recognizes two particular challenges to address, among others, in actualizing the SCI Vision statement:
- There are insufficient numbers of deconstruction companies to benefit from the millions of tons of potential salvaged building materials currently in the regional waste stream.
- Municipal, county, and state governments don't tend to work together on waste and economic development issues.
Traditional SCI values and understandings:
Community Sustainability = the intersection of the following 4 elements:
- Community Partnerships / [Social Capital]
- Community Design / [especially the Built Environment]
- Community Enterprises / [Jobs & Livelihoods]
- Community Conservation / [Cultural & Ecosystem Preservation]
SCI has experience making use of wasted resources in the form of local salvage
SCI has a focus on the built environment
SCI has experience developing social enterprises and public programs and processes
SCI wants to take advantage of local economic opportunities
SCI is committed to preserve and enhance the natural environment
SCI has had good success integrating across disciplines
SCI has experience starting where communities are - with their immediate needs
SCI aspires to build understandings & change behaviors
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