Background on Granville
A small town of 5,700 residents, Granville is located in the beautiful rolling hills of central Ohio just 30 minutes outside of Columbus. The town was settled in the early 1800s by two groups of settlers, the second group being from Granville, MA, consequently giving the town its east coast influence. Granville is home to Denison University and takes great pride in its New England style, cozy downtown.
Different Modes of Sustainability
Sustainability is a complicated concept to define with many facets to its name. In terms of Granville, sustainability means being able to meet our own needs and needs of our community, without inhibiting the ability for future generations to meet their own needs. Another definition for sustainability put together by the University of Alberta states that, "sustainability is the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural, and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity."
The main model used to discuss sustainability is the "Three Pillars of Sustainability". The three pillars being economic, social, and environmental, encompass the main types of sustainability, showing that when there is a balance between all of them, a sustainable lifestyle or environment is achievable.
Why Sustain Granville?
Granville is a quaint town with lots of opportunities ahead of itself. Being close to the growing city of Columbus provides it with a chance to flourish in the future. Making Granville more sustainable would provide a healthier environment for the residents of the community now as well as in the future. It would also make Granville a marketable and a thriving example for what is possible for a small, closely-knit community.