May meeting recap: Greenprint plan seeks supporters
At the May membership meeting we welcomed John Michels, coordinator for the Mid-South Greenprint plan.
Michels presented the basic points of the Greenprint, explaining how this 25-year sustainability plan for our tri-state region was developed from a series of community input sessions. The plan is intended to help expand transportation, increase green space, attract more diverse businesses, and decrease blight in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi through environmentally sustainable projects. One of the most ambitious parts of this plan is creating a network of connected green spaces and bike lanes. This will eventually provide us with a huge infrastructure of biking and walking routes throughout the region. For more information on this and other parts of the plan, you can go online at Midsouthgreenprint.org.
What can you do to get involved? If you’re interested in helping to implement this massive plan, you can join the volunteer group Friends of the Greenprint (see the Greenprint website), sign up for informational emails, and talk about the Greenprint with your community. We can also get together as a community to officially endorse the plan and submit projects for Greenprint certification. The more communities and organizations that support this plan, the easier it will be for community groups, participating cities, and others to find funding for more ambitious projects. As an organization, the CYCA is excited to look into these opportunities so let us know if you would like to get involved by calling 901-272-2922 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org! — Kristen Schebler