City updating sustainability plan
The City of Charlottetown is looking for public input for the next phase of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan and the goal of becoming a more sustainable city.
Council passed the plan in February 2010, which was developed through extensive community consultation. Since that time, much progress has been made on addressing the 48 goals and actions identified in the plan.
As the five-year anniversary of the plan has come and gone, the city is updating the document to address the changing needs and priorities in the community from a sustainability perspective.
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the city will host two events for the public. An afternoon event from 1 to 4 p.m. will engage participants in facilitated roundtable discussions to reflect on the progress made so far and to identify what the priorities are for the next phase of community sustainability.
From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a community open house event to celebrate progress and gather feedback from attendees. The evening event will be hosted by “Global Chorus” author and Guardian columnist, Todd MacLean. Both events are free to the public and will be held at the Delta Prince Edward.
“Sustainability has become a very important value to the city since the development of the (2010 plan),” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “We see the impact that a sustainability perspective has on our operations and on our community on a daily basis and we want to continue to expand and improve to align ourselves even more closely with this value.”
Coun. Robert Doiron, chairman of the environment and sustainability committee, notes, “These Meet and Speak events are an important opportunity to celebrate the great things that are already happening and identify some new actions that we’d like to focus on in the future.”
The feedback gathered from the two events will be used in the creation of the new Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, which will be brought before city council in the spring of 2016.
Those unable to attend the Meet and Speak events on February 4 will have the option to participate through a public engagement survey or through email.
Event information can be found online at www.TheInspiredCity.ca or by visiting the City of Charlottetown’s website at www.charlottetown.ca and clicking on the Inspired City Meet and Speak button.