Sustainability

To start: a basic definition. Per The Sustainability Report:

“Sustainability is about living and working in ways that meet and integrate existing environmental, economic and social needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. The transition to sustainable development benefits today’s society and builds a more secure future for our children.”

King Township is embracing sustainability as the way to grow and evolve in the future. Some might think that surely we do so already as more than 90% of the Township is within the Oak Ridges Moraine and/or Greenbelt Plan.

I believe, however, that the latter reality has largely been viewed as a constraint to development, rather than as one element to be leveraged with others to achieve solutions which address environmental, social and economic needs.

King has received a $165,000 grant which we are putting towards building an integrated sustainability plan. To read the complete press release click here. Here are some extracts:

  • This plan will give us “a cohesive policy framework to guide decision making.
  • The plan will take important assets into consideration such as our strong rural economy and agricultural sector and its two diverse watersheds.
  • The plan will include several key components: a strategic environmental plan; policies, mechanisms and strategies to sustainably manage growth; plans for natural heritage protection projects; and policies on a number of priorites including community engagement, renewable energy, water conservations, public transportation links.

The new Council and Staff are working together to develop a plan for moving forward which will include engagement and participation by citizens and businesses. I will be back to you with more information and specifics as to how you can participate.

A promotional video has been created which showcases the assets of King; our sustainability plan will build on these assets.  If you haven’t seen it you to do so at www.king.ca on the home page.



One Response to “ “Sustainability”

  1. Matthew Jones says:

    Hi Debbie,

    I would love to be a part of this plan and would be willing to contribute my time towards this plan as part of an independent research study I’ll need to do over the summer to complete my degree!

    Please let me know what you think. My area of focus is energy sustainability. I have some familiarity with East Gwillimbury’s sustainability plan, a great model for communal energy sustainability. http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Environment/Energy/Community_Energy_Plan.htm

    Regards,

    Matthew

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