Guiding the Verde Valley toward Sustainability
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The Sustainability Alliance is...a coalition of non profits operating in the Verde Valley that share an intention of moving this region toward sustainability. Each NGO focuses on different but interrelated parts of the ‘sustainability elephant’: People, Planet, Prosperity. Working together helps us all understand complex inter-dependencies and uncover opportunities to make a bigger difference.
What is the Sustainability Alliance (3:44 min video)
CORE MEMBERSRead through the descriptions of our 9 core members and you'll get a sense of the web of systems the Sustainability Alliance represents. No NGO is an island.
Cornucopia Community Advocates. Cornucopia Community Advocates fights hunger in the region and provides a platform for start-up NGOs.
Friends of the Verde River. Friends of the Verde River works collaboratively for a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributary streams that support our unique environment, vibrant economy, and quality of life for future generations.
Gardens for Humanity. Gardens for Humanity builds learning gardens and community gardens so children/families can connect to the Earth and eat healthy food.
HEAL. HEAL promotes non-toxic methods that protect human health and nature.
Healthy World Sedona. By advocating a plant-based diet and lifestyle, Healthy World Sedona improves the climate, conserves water and other natural resources, while improving human health and animal welfare.
Inspiration of Sedona. Inspiration of Sedona presents personally empowering, interactive events to inspire discovery of inner resources and conservation of the environment for self and ecological sustainability.
Keep Sedona Beautiful. Keep Sedona Beautiful is committed to protecting and sustaining the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.
Oak Creek Watershed Council. Oak Creek Watershed Council preserve our two riparian areas through research, policies, public education/recreation and river clean ups.
Sedona Recycles. By recovering materials, Sedona Recycles conserves energy and water and provides meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities.
We also maintain relationships with other affiliated groups that for one reason or another aren’t appropriate as core members: municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce, universities, etc.
BENEFITS OF THE COALITION
By bringing these NGOs together, we ...
- Uncover opportunities to collaborate and magnify the influence of the member NGOs. (For example, we cooperate on events, promote each others’ events, and share expertise.)
- Invent impactful new programs in the ‘white space’ between the organizations, addressing needs that none of the member organizations would on its own. (For example, the Sustainable Business Certification, Sustainability in Schools Symposium and Community Dashboard of Indicators are programs no one organization would take on.)
- Provide integrated advice to policy makers, speaking with a bigger collective voice. (For example, we've provided feedback on changes to the Land Use Development Code, Building Code, VVREO Economic Development Strategic Plan, etc.)
VALUES AND APPROACH
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Our approach is collaborative, non-confrontational, non-partisan, and solution-oriented. We use credible sustainability frameworks and systems thinking to guide our work. We educate, inspire and invent.
Our 3 program areas address major stakeholders & leverage points
- Business/Organizations: We advise businesses and recognize them through our Sustainable Business Certification
- Community: We offer recommendations on a wide range of issues and are building a dashboard of community indicators
- Education: We work with local schools to help them integrate sustainability into their operations and classrooms, in part through an annual Sustainability in Schools Symposium
For general information, contact Darcy Hitchcock. Info@SustainabilityAllianceAZ.org