About the Guide
We all know the importance of relocalizing. But how? Here's our guide
to Relocalization Made Easy.
Based on the January 2012 issue of GRID Magazine , we began asking..Is
it locally made? Is it made from sustainable materials? Can it be
purchased from a locally owned business? Is it awesome? i.e. does it
follow the BUD principle of Beautiful, Useful & Durable? Then we
need to make it easy for people to find the item.
Our city already has several prominent green networking sources: Grid
Magazine, Green Jobs Philly, Sustainable Business Network (SBN),
Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Higher Education Network for
Neighborhood Development (PHENND), Greater Philadelphia Environmental Network (GPEN), Pennsylvania Horticultural
Society (PHS), Farm to City, Volk Libre, the annual Philadelphia Local Food Guide, and more.
Of these, only SBN provides a categorized catalog. Green Jobs
Philly has a single page which is not regularly updated. Grid and
Green Jobs Philly provide categorized sections issue by issue.
GPEN has an alphabetical list of environmental groups.
There is not yet a categorized green catalog which sets specific green
standards, allows green businesses and nonprofit organizations to
submit current information free into a moderated list, then opens up
the list for browsing by the general public.
The list would be moderated to admit local solution-oriented groups and
programs inviting specific local action. It would not include
mere crisis-oriented bad-news groups and media. It would not
include mere general advocacy groups. They must invite
participation in distinct actions. We specifically prefer
* transfer authority to grassroots groups to lower
the costs of living, using environmental technologies;
* decrease dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear
* decrease waste of water and contamination of air;
* provide effective alternatives to automobiles;
* provide nonprofit holistic health services;
* expand regional food self-sufficiency;
* expand reliance on regional upcycled materials;
* expand local manufacture of durable essential
* promote mutual aid;
* provide backing for community credits and
* release local creativity to accomplish the above.
The availability of such a service, print and online, would accelerate
participation in existing groups, stimulate new initiatives, cross
pollinate various efforts, expand our regional capability, and serve as
a resource for jobseekers, entrepreneurs, organizers, volunteers,
interns. Thus: the Philly Eco Guide.
References from around the US
- The Post Carbon Institute's Relocalization Network, How
to Develop a Community Relocalization Directory
- The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has developed a Local Green Guide; Greater Boston's premier online
consumer and business-to-business directory for businesses that are
locally owned and make being green a part of their business operations
and practices. | SBN Mass localgreenguide.org
- Rocky Mountain Growers Directory | localsustainability.net/2011/04/new-online-directory
has these categories for Food: Farm Products, Farmers Markets,
Community Gardens, Gardening Services, Farm & Garden Supplies,
Grocers & Co-ops, Health & Beauty, Insurance, Restaurants with
printable directory here: localsustainability.net/2009_RMGD_web.pdf
- Co-op America, now Green America has their national Green Pages |
- Salt Lake City's Guide to a sustainable city | slcgov.com/slcgreen
© Meenal Raval 2005-2014 last update: 7 Feb 2014