Sustainable Digital Equity Corp. (SDE)
What is meant by “Sustainability?
“A community is sustainable when it meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Barbara Buffaloe, Sustainability Manager Columbia, MO).
The sustainability and digital equity problems are both real, but to get the average person to care about an issue, it must be personal. Tip O’Neil (former Speaker of the House of Representatives) is often quoted as saying, “All politics is local.” To get people to care about sustainability, it must feel like a local issue. The SDE program is designed to serve as a pilot for bridging the digital divide while raising awareness of sustainability issues at the local and county level. The programs goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness and affordability of designing and implementing a Community Sustainability Plan by applying analytics to existing and new community data, producing actionable information, measuring, monitoring, and then managing the community's planning and actions based upon the results. In parallel, the program involves students, parents, business leaders, and politicians in a citizens' science program that ensures every student has access to and learns to use the latest digital tools in a comprehensive real-life Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum. By integrating Digital Equity and infusing the next generation of citizens with a deep knowledge of and appreciation for sustainability in the economic development and quality of life in the community, the Community Sustainability Plan becomes self-sustaining.