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.
City Council passed its first ever Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) 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, February 4, the City will host two "Meet and Speak" events for the public. An afternoon event from 1 p.m. - 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 p.m. until 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, Todd MacLean. Both events are free to the public and will be held at the Delta Prince Edward. There will light refreshments provided.
"Sustainability has become a very important value to the City since the development of the ICSP," 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. We invite all members of the public to come out on February 4 to participate in our Meet and Speak events and contribute towards the vision of sustainability for our community going forward."
The ICSP is a community-owned Plan and, while the City has made major contributions to meeting the goals and actions, it is also the effort of individuals and community organizations that needs to be recognized and celebrated. The impact of community groups and the importance of partnerships between the City and the community are clearly recognized in the Plan. In order to realize a truly sustainable City, all members of the community must be actively engaged in identifying and implementing the solutions.
"Since becoming Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, I have learned so much about the important work that is taking place within the City corporation and throughout the community to move us towards being a more sustainable community," said Councillor Robert Doiron. "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 page www.charlottetown.ca and clicking on the Inspired City Meet and Speak button.
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