New Guide for Developing Municipal Sustainability Plans Published

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GLOBE-Net, April 24, 2013 – Golder Associates Ltd. and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities’ (UNSM’s) Municipal Sustainability Office are launching a new guidebook – From Great Ideas to Great Communities – to help municipalities implement their Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs).

This guide will help municipalities to translate their long-term goals and ideas into meaningful action on the ground.

The guide demonstrates how municipalities can build a culture of sustainability and integrate sustainability goals and principles into their daily operations and decision-making. Designed to be practical and easy to use, it includes a seven-part framework for action, step-by-step guidance, and priority strategies and actions for moving forward with the implementation process.

“We want each and every one of our municipalities to be successful in reaching their sustainability goals, and we anticipate that this guide will serve as a roadmap to help them along the journey,” declared Councillor Frank Fawson, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and Chair of UNSM’s Sustainable Practices Committee.

The guide was prepared by Chris Lindberg and his team at Golder Associates Ltd. with support from The Natural Step Canada. It draws on examples and resources from various municipalities in Nova Scotia and across Canada that have had success with implementing their ICSPs.

“Nova Scotia has demonstrated real leadership in working with its municipalities on sustainability planning,” says Senior Sustainability Specialist at Golder Associates and lead-author Chris Lindberg.

“We’re very excited to launch this guide and help accelerate the implementation process. While the guide focuses on Nova Scotia, the framework, process and practices are relevant for municipalities all across Canada. We’re looking forward to working with municipalities to make sustainability happen in their communities.”

The guide and a wide variety of supporting resources are also available for download here.


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