And the winners of the Strong Communities competition are ...
... three of the most groundbreaking social innovations and solutions for community change!
Sustainable Jersey is a LEEDS-style certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and sustain their quality of life. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs.
Sustain-a-Raisers (inspired by barn-raising) are teams of youth in New Hampshire's Lakes Region that provide sustainable home and yard retrofits, promoting resource conservation and self-sufficiency and teaching teens valuable green collar job skills.
The Making Connections Network in Louisville, Kentucky is using principles of social network formation to organize citizens, proactively address issues like education and human services and transform the systems and policies that affect Louisville families.
Again, CommunityMatters and Ashoka Changemakers extend a special thank you to our wonderful entrants, expert commentators, judges, and our communities
for supporting the competition. We hope you join CommunityMatters as the organization continues to steer change, engage citizens and build strong, vibrant communities from the ground up.