While its important that laws change on a National basis, we need get information out to our local communities as well. Being a true community, you need to have a way to reach others in your neighborhood to share idea, ask questions, send out information and more. Here is what we have done in town of Hyattsville, MD, a 16,000 person community right outside of Washington DC. Would love to hear what you are doing in your neighborhoods and hopefully we can all share some of these ideas.
1. Listserve - The Hyattsville Organization for a Positive Environment was created in 1996. It was a group of residents that go together to work on not just green environment, but the everyday life in our small city. We had a small listserve of about 50 residents. We are now up to 450 residents on the listserve (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HOPE_in_Hyattsville/) and avearge about 350 emails a month. We talk everything from environmental issues, to crime, to community events to where to go to get your knives sharpened. We chose the YahooGroups listserve platform which I prefer over the Google.
2. Wiki - One of the only "Community" Wiki's out there, the Hyattsville Wiki (http://hyattsvillewiki.com) is run off of the Wetpaint platform. We have pages and pages of information for residents with people adding more whenever they want. We have pages specific to Gov't, the Environment, Community Calendar, various groups and more. This is not sanctioned site by the City, rather, citizens putting up their own info. We encourage you to copy the setup as well as the structure. Visit our neighbors wiki in Riverdale Park (http://rpwiki.wetpaint.com/) for an alternative structure.
3. Hyattsville Environmental Committee - This is a sanctioned group from the City. Go to the the Hyattsville Wiki to view what we do.