Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Seeing Sustainability

Fire up those Flickr accounts — the Sustainable Shelby initiative is looking for your digital photos.

Earlier this year, Sustainable Shelby came up with 52 recommendations to make the area more sustainable, including walkable neighborhoods, protecting the natural environment, and creating unique public spaces. (This is all the detail I plan to go into right now. Need more info? Click here or here.)

Now the initiative wants local photos to illustrate its upcoming implementation plan and website.

From the info I got:

"We need your help to capture images that will help us illustrate the importance of sustainability for the future of our community — the things and places that you love about Memphis and Shelby County. We are especially interested in 'active' photographs that include not only local places but local people as well."

If only this had people in it — it'd be perfect. Yes, says me.

Digital photos can be emailed to and should include a brief written description of the photo, including where and when it was taken. Higher resolution images are preferred, but not required.

The deadline to submit photos is October 8th.

And if you take pictures all the time but aren't really sure what you'd send in, Sustainable Shelby has a list of examples, including local examples of natural features, active downtown streetscapes, your favorite place to walk, run, or ride your bike, Beale Street, historic districts, and community gardens.

If I get more info, I'll be sure to pass it along.


gatesofmemphis said...

Sooooo many of my photos don't have people in them. Part of that's me and my interest in architecture, but I also think it's the problem Sustainable Shelby is trying to fix. We have few pedestrians because we have unwalkable streets, low density and a culture of driving.

marycash said...

Well, you see my photo. That was the best one from my ipics, but not a single soul in it.

Then again, it would be weird to see someone walking down that part of Main Street. Where would they be going?