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Green living is apparent in our community

In today's Enterprise, we have published our second "Community Builder" special section, highlighting special efforts toward living green.

Strengthening communities is what newspapers have been doing for more than 200 years. In keeping with tradition, Forum Communication's weekly newspapers in the communities of Park Rapids, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Morris, New York Mills, Perham and Wadena, are publishing a quarterly "Community Builder" series featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things to strengthen the communities in which they live. We salute these "Community Builders," and celebrate what's going right in our communities.

The second segment of our series, Living Green, takes a look at some of the efforts made by area residents, organizations and businesses to reduce, reuse, recycle, and ensure the community's resources can be enjoyed by future generations.

"Sustainability" is the means of achieving economic prosperity while protecting the natural systems of the planet and providing a high quality of life for its people, now and in the future.

More simply, sustainability is "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

What it comes down to is this: Everyone must make a conscious effort to take care of the planet so future generations can also enjoy it and prosper from it.

In today's section, read about kids heading into Deep Portage Conservation Reserve to learn their role as custodians of the environment. Learn about what dozens of local lake associations have done to take a proactive approach to keeping out aquatic invasive species to keep their waters clean. And read about what simple steps one homeowner is taking to make her home more energy efficient. Several other stories feature people who are working to ensure future generations can enjoy this planet.

Our "Community Builder" series will continue to be published quarterly on different topics highlighting positive stories in our community.