April 7, 2012
Since first hearing about WMG at a green fair in 2007 I have been a strong advocate for their mission and vision of creating healthy and sustainable communities and environments. While water is a focus of the organization overall sustainability starting at household and building up through neighborhoods to cities and regions is what they are all about. My first co-op workshop was in 2008, learning all about rainwater cistern installation in a neighbor's yard. In 2011 WMG transformed our backyard into an oasis of shade and flowers that works well into my DIY workspace and outdoor shower. As a board member I have watched the organization make new connections in new regions through grassroots advocacy and supporting local priorities. WMGs international work reflects this focus as well. Rather than going into a community and telling them what they need, WMG's international programs let the communities guide the process. WMG's staff learns about the context and needs of the community before suggesting best-practice solutions based not only on the community's needs and desires but also the community's abilities to utilize and maintain these solutions.
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