including their constituents, to move in the direction of a more sustainable metropolitan region.

  • Better communication is important in identifying commonalities among organizations and across ethnic communities in Houston, but tremendous challenges remain given the complexity involved in interfacing with diverse audiences and economic groups.
  • A common language is needed for more effective communication around sustainability, so that the social, economic, and environmental conditions are all addressed
  • The components for making the region sustainable already exist, but need to be brought together and integrated at all scales—from larger neighborhood projects down to backyard projects.
  • Implicit in collaborations are networks, and multiple collaborations mean multiple networks, but the challenge is connecting all of those networks. A functional collaboration is a process and a practice, and there is a role for social media in making these bridges. It is not practical to bring tens of thousands of people together to hold a meeting on making the region more sustainable, but through social networking it is possible to have many smaller meetings that can ultimately be connected and informed by other meetings and individuals.
  • To change legacy issues, it will be important to integrate economic development, social progress, and environmental stewardship by maximizing the benefits in each of these pillars of sustainability.

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