The Alliance for Sustainable Communities–Lehigh Valley explores ways for individuals & organizations to collaborate (with each other and with the Alliance) and supports such efforts. One tool is the Sustainability Commons, which complements organizations’ and projects’ public websites with a closed intranet system that serves multiple organizations and multiple independent projects, each with its own blog, wiki, calendar, and file storage sections.
The Sustainability Commons works much like CourseSite or Blackboard does for colleges & universities. Unfortunately, the current software platform no longer meets our needs. Since the functionality is so similar, we are exploring the possibility of replacing it with an up-to-date system by modifying / customizing an existing open-source system.
This is an opportunity to explore ways to make a software platform serve community needs in new and innovative ways and, in the process, learning a great deal about sustainability!