“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.”
—Grace Lee Boggs
To learn more about the issues within your community and become more involved, get to know your local officials, join a local organization that strives to improve your community, volunteer and participate in local events.
City of Saugatuck
The City of the Village of Douglas
To hear the voices of tomorrow’s generations, watch This is our Future by former SDCA youth Board Member Christian Birky.
To get involved with land use issues in our area:
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Land Policy Institute
Michigan Land Use Institute
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
To read more about development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart:
The Smart Growth Network
Natural Resources Defense Council
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
Smart Growth America
Charter For the New Urbanism
To become more aware about building sustainable communities:
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Communities Network
To learn more about how the Kalamazoo River Protection Association (KRPA) and the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance (SDCA) partnered to protect endangered species and rare habitats of the Saugatuck Dunes, read our Environmental Area Application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. This document is a 55 page long PDF.