Sustainable Fox Valley Network

Taking "The Natural Step" approach to a more self-reliant future

Engaged citizens in many Wisconsin communities have adopted The Natural Step for Communities: How Towns and Cities Can Change to Sustainable Practices as their guide to creating sustainable local economies. This book by American planner Sarah James and Swedish consultant Torbjorn Lahti explains a systems approach to community development, a science-based definition of sustainability and examples of actions that sustain people, business and the natural environment.

Here in the Fox Valley area, several study circles have completed their learning and discussions about The Natural Step for Communities. Over 100 people attended a workshop about Creating a Sustainable Fox Valley in November 2007, and interest has been growing ever since.

If you would like to participate in a study circle, please contact Leslie Taylor at

To access the power point slides, and additional information, from our November 2007 Natural Step workshop, go to

There are resources about Study Circles on this website, as well as a link to the Eco-Municipality information provided by 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin.

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