Sustainability takes root in urban environments
Urban communities across the country are looking deep within themselves to restore hope. Community members are becoming energized thanks to powerful initiatives to revitalize neighborhoods, stimulate economies, empower the workforce and provide accessibility to healthful food options. Aetna is pleased to celebrate African American men and women whose life work has guided them to transform their communities from the ground up, and in many cases, quite literally. They have planted urban gardens to feed schoolchildren and neighbors. They have given disadvantaged mothers the chance to succeed by providing fulfilling employment. They have taught at-risk teens how to build and run small businesses. They are nurturing the soil, while caring for their neighbors. They are creating natural living cities by believing it can be done from the community within. In this 33rd annual Aetna African American History Calendar, you will meet 13 passionate and motivated individuals who believe communities can thrive when neighbors understand the problems and become part of the solutions. In each month, you will discover the positive impact they are making in their urban neighborhoods. We also have included a relevant sustainable fact on each month. And you can read each individual’s response to Aetna’s what’s your healthy?℠, a campaign that shares personal health messages. There is still much work that has to be done to transform urban communities, especially those that have experienced unforeseen hardship. Voices are being lifted; action is being taken; and children are growing and eating colorful, nutrient-rich produce. The groundwork is now being laid across the country, and sustainability is beginning to take root.See Robin Emmons in the calendar.