To encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability as part of the City mission, the local Sustainability Commission may consider developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan, which outlines your plan to address the most pressing concerns for the citizens.
Developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan does a numbers of things.
1) Gives focus to the issues of the citizens and aids government officials with focusing on
the needs of the City;
2) Serves as a road map for the local Sustainability Commission and stakeholders;
3) Assist the local Sustainability Commission with developing priority initiatives, consider availability of resources, and identify member of the City that will support the initiatives. Here are a few activities to consider as you work to develop a Strategic Sustainability Plan:
Step 1:ENGAGE the following:
- Govt Officials to address overall mission, requirements, and established goals.
- Local Citizen Groups focused on environmental, health, and economic issues that are by‐products of air, water and land concerns.
- Regulatory and Legislative entities that may have current initiatives that will support your Sustainability Strategic Plan. (i.e., City Planning, Legislative Affairs, City Council, Department of Environmental Quality, etc…)
- Create a (volunteer) working group as an extension of the Sustainability Commission. The working group will invite (internal & external) stakeholders that are able to assist with research, planning, prioritizing, writing plan, implementing.
Step 2: LISTEN to the Stakeholders listed in Step 1 and DOCUMENT.
Step 3: Create Strategic Sustainability Plan. Relate to environmental, energy, economy, and community:
- Green Economy (Green Jobs, Green Businesses, City Buildings)
- Greening Community (Recreations Space, Land Use)
- Consider Beauty of Community
- Preventing Pollution (Greenhouse Gases, Air Quality, Water Bodies/Storm Water, Indoor Air Quality, Hazardous Materials)
- Conservation (Reuse/Recycle, Water Use, Water Reduction, Energy Use)
- Education & Awareness (Greening Schools, Environmental Literacy & Leadership for all youth, Environmental Awareness for city offices, Educations, marketing, social media, Green Symposium)
Step 4: Implement Strategic Sustainability Plan using PLAN‐DO‐CHECK‐ACT principles that support continuous improvement to 2015 and beyond. Identify three or four priority items listed in Step 3. The items selected will be based on available resources.
- Start with easy to accomplish projects, so you experience success. Get “buy-in”
and supporter with quick successes.
- There are city agencies in place responsible for actions listed in Step 3. Partner and help each other shine the light on the accomplishments.
- Read Executive Order 13514 http://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/eo13514
- Consider Environmental Justice issues
- Participate in Community “Greening” efforts…
Step 5: Contact Earthlite Management Strategies with any questions you have regarding environmental & sustainability terms. We will help you through the process: firstname.lastname@example.org