City up­dat­ing sus­tain­abil­ity plan

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

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.TheIn­ or by vis­it­ing the City of Char­lot­te­town’s web­site at www.char­lot­te­ and click­ing on the In­spired City Meet and Speak but­ton.

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