Soon after the Redlands City Council’s adoption of a comprehensive community sustainability plan in March 2011, a small group of citizens began meeting, first to celebrate that the city of Redlands had a sustainability plan, and then to ponder how it was going to make much of a difference without a budget.  Over the spring and summer, more residents joined in these meetings and by the fall, the group had decided that a citizen-led sustainability initiative in Redlands was needed.  The Redlands Sustainability Network was formed and immediately set out to organize an inaugural event the following spring to bring the citizens of Redlands together to figure out how to create a more sustainable community.  On March 17, 2012, more than 200 citizens braved one of the greatest downpours and windstorms in Redlands’ history to attend the first Redlands Sustainability Network’s Forum.  By the end of the afternoon of speeches, visioning sessions, debates and brainstorming, more than 50 citizens had organized themselves into Action Teams to create a more sustainable community.


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