History

September 2010
QUARKS, INC. ESTABLISHED
Quarks, Inc., a nonprofit “Friends of Sustainable Atwood” organization, was established to provide fiscal agency for Sustainable Atwood.

May 27, 2010
POTLUCK AND COMMUNITY SOLAR PRESENTATION
Our first long awaited potluck–a time to talk, eat and share our ideas. AND to hear about our chance to solar power Atwood.
Plymouth Congregational Church: 2401 Atwood Ave. Potluck 6pm, Presentation 7 pm.

April 29, 2010
BIG PICTURE MEETING #3
The Teams are anxious to work on their goals and will be reporting on their top priorities.  The Core will give a complete picture of where we are now.  There will be an open time for new participants to join in, for teams to collaborate and for new ideas to take shape.

March 2010
BIG PICTURE MEETING #2
The Action Teams and the Integrator Team reported the visions and goals they sharpened over two months. The Core, Communications and Integrator Teams reported how they expect to support the work of the Action Teams and SA projects.

January 2010
BIG PICTURE MEETING #1
With the help of University of Wisconsin’s Sue Thering and several original and new SA members, Sixty-four neighbors shared visions of a sustainable neighborhood, created goals, and began to understand how measuring our work is key to progress. Wasting no time, neighbors formed Action Teams to sharpen visions. Core, Communications and Integrator Teams formed to coordinate our massive neighborhood project.

September 2009
KICKOFF
We had a hunch there were many individuals, groups, businesses and organizations working on sustainability measures by themselves all over the neighborhood. Another hunch was that if we worked together, locallywithin the boundaries of our neighborhood, we would make huge strides toward sustainability and could become a model for other neighborhoods. We only needed a mechanism to pull us together.

The first hunch proved true. At our kickoff event, thirty-seven people came to find out what we could do together.

The second hunch has grown into Sustainable Atwood: A plan to measure, evaluate, expand and create sustainable practices, designs and systems in the SASY neighborhood of 6000 people. Social, economic and ecological sustainability for a fully healthy community.

For a sustainable neighborhood, yours, mine, ours.