Community — Sustainability Characteristics of Berea
- There is a year-round farmer's market in Berea,
with another in nearby Richmond. Lexington, the largest nearby city,
has a very large farmers' market, as well as a Whole Foods and a large,
well run food co-op.
- Berea College runs a sustainable agriculture program,
training a new generation of farmers and permaculturists.
- The Foothills Food Buying Club facilitates purchases
of bulk and discounted organic and natural foodstuffs.
- Small CSAs, local meats, and other weekly organic
food services complete the healthy
food web in Berea.
- Berea is one of a growing number of "transition
towns" in the United States, setting future energy, water, food, and
other resource usage goals that are consistent with a future based on
constrained energy supplies.
Berea, a local NGO, works to develop stronger households, neighborhoods,
and community in the face of imminent threats to global sustainability
and resource flows. Recent projects include skills calendars, workshops,
and 100-mile potlucks.
- Berea College runs the SENS
House—an eco-village-style campus housing section that blends
eco-friendly and sustainable systems design.
- A number of green groups have a strong presence
in Berea, including the Kentucky
Environmental Foundation and Kentuckians
for the Commonwealth.
- Berea Utilities recently launched the Berea
Solar Farm, via which Bereans who cannot afford their own solar
PV system can still buy solar energy.
- Relative to many areas of the US that are considered
"green," Berea has better air quality and cleaner, more plentiful water