In 1895, Vandergrift, a western Pennsylvanian town, was created by a steel baron who wanted a place where his steel workers could “work, play and live,” The baron hired Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York City’s central park and master landscape architect, to make this vision a reality and create a ”livable community.” Now, more than 110 years later, the residents of Vandergrift are returning to the original Olmsted plan in their efforts to create a sustainable community for the 21st century, writes the Associated Press.

While communities across the U.S. are creating sustainability plans, Vandergrift’s approach is multi-faceted. The town’s goal is to “create an energy independent, ecologically low-impact, economically viable town from the ashes of its postindustrial wasteland. It aims to renovate buildings with sustainable materials, from carpet textiles to solar roof panels. A farmers market has been expanded. Trees are being planted and green spaces recovered.” According to the Associated Press, the idea is to attract people back to a town that has lost residents, jobs, and the steel industry, and encourage people to ”live or shop in the boutiques of the quaint town of just 5,000 people.”