City of Nelson adopts ‘Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy’
NELSON – With the adoption of a new sustainability strategy, Nelson Mayor and Council have a new tool by which to gauge the sustainability of all the projects that come before them.
“I am delighted that Council has adopted the final draft of our sustainability plan, the Path to 2040,” says Councillor Kim Charlesworth. “A large number of individuals in the community worked very hard over the last nine months to produce this plan. It is both a visionary statement and a practical tool that will guide decision-making as we move forward.”
The strategy takes into consideration economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the community, and identifies goals and objectives that will help lead Nelson to a sustainable future. The strategy also outlines five sustainability principles and directions, which will assist staff and Council in wisely using resources to ensure that Nelson isn’t just a great place today but also a great place in the future.
“This important piece of long-term planning for the City will assist Council in making informed decisions that will keep Nelson healthy and sustainable in future years,” says Councillor Deb Kozak. “I predict that it will be an integral piece of work in the future development of a comprehensive regional growth strategy.”
The new strategy is already being actively used, says City Manager Kevin Cormack. “We are using this strategy to inform large and small projects and proposals that will come before Council. Everything from the broad downtown and waterfront planning initiative, to considering Community Initiative Funds will be looked at through the lens of sustainability. It is an overarching strategy that gives direction to our day to day decision-making.”
To Learn More:
The complete Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy is available on the City of Nelson website: www.nelson.ca/sustainability.
Posted January 2011