What is a resource flow pattern? It is a basic piece of sustainable community DNA that illustrates how energy, water, waste, materials, food, money, culture and information are exchanged and flow within and around a geographic community. The systems integrate resources that are used and shared by businesses, citizens, local government, non-profits and institutions. The following sample patterns represent grass roots-designed solutions to some of the sustainability problems commonly faced in community work.
The flow patterns in this section are jumping off points for a community engaged in the Civic Ecology process. The patterns are intended to be adapted for a specific community’s use based on its needs and context.