Sustainability and Resilience

At CTP, the word “sustainability” denotes practices whereby consumption of resources and production of waste are in balance with the carrying capacity of the natural world. The practice of ecological footprinting shows that if everyone on the planet lived as does the average U. S. citizen, we would need five earth-sized planets to provide for us all.

At CTP, “resilience” means the ability to bounce back from shocks. The word “resilience” surfaced in response to the threats of climate change and peak oil through the work of the Transition Town Movement. Since then, the threats of Climate Change, in the form of severe weather events; and the threats of peak oil, in the form of the practice of economically and environmentally disastrous forms of fuel extraction, have become increasingly apparent. In addition to these, the continued reliance on debt and derivatives and the international migration away from the dollar as the global reserve currency suggest potential for further economic disruptions like the Savings and Loan Crisis of 2007-08.

For these reasons, building sustainability and resilience are recognized as important aspects of both the residential lifestyle and the CTP’s programmatic offerings. Fortunately, reducing carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels and increasing personal and community resilience go hand in hand. Indeed, it is hard to find an action that accomplishes on without contributing to the other.

Resilience/Sustainability/Social Change/Awareness Raising programming that CTP has offered in the past:

  • Mushroom Growing

  • Rocket Mass Heater Building

  • Hugel Mounds

  • Permaculture Fruit Tree Guilds

  • Interior Storm Windows

  • Building Solar Dehydrators