Design Coalition's neighborhood in Madison, Wisconsin is called SASY ~ Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara, for it's main features and boundaries. It's a century-old neighborhood with some notable key features; so much so that Lou used them in our article about patterns in traditional neighborhoods. The neighborhood identifies itself as progressive and pro-active in a wide range of civic issues.
In mid-2009, neighbors began a serious conversation about the sustainability beyond the usual household-based actions. Lou Host-Jablonski helped to form a coalition of energetic souls that has dubbed itself "Sustainable Atwood", and is starting with the challenge of creating meaningful, neighborhood-wide sustainability indicators.
Part 1 -- Lou presents an introduction for Sustainable Atwood's Big Picture meeting of 28 January 2010.
He makes the case for neighborhood-wide sustainability, and begins with slides of Freiburg, Germany's 'green' Vauban neighborhood.
Part 2 -- Lou compares the Vauban with the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood (SASY) in Madison, Wisconsin. He gives examples of sustainability benchmarks, and reminds us of successful urban agriculture in Paris of the 1800's.
Links to other resources for neighborhood sustainability indicators: