Imagine Lacombe – Engaging the Community in Planning for the Future
The City of Lacombe Council just adopted their Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP). Imagine Lacombe provides a long-term vision for guiding the community towards greater social, environmental, and economic success by the year 2040, and was created through input from over 1000 citizens and the dedicated work of the Community Sustainability Advisory Team.
How did a community the size of Lacombe (population 12,000) get so much community input? By using some creative engagement strategies that appealed to a broad range of citizens and that were easy ways of providing input. The majority of the input was solicited through three simple and motivating questions framed by the overarching question: What are your hopes and dreams for the future of Lacombe? > Read more
Congratulations to the City of Lacombe!
For more information on Imagine Lacombe, or in developing MSPs, ICSPs, OCPs or Strategic Plans for your community, please contact Cheeying Ho (604) 935-8209.
The Centre presented Michael Shuman, economist and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, to speak on Fostering a Vibrant Sea to Sky Regional Economy. Focusing on local economic development strategies from around North America, Mr. Shuman provided compelling ideas and success stories of how communities shift economic development initiatives into creating more local wealth. Topics will include local ownership and self-reliance, public policy, local investment strategies, creating regional supply chains, leakage analysis, and some building blocks for creating a more vibrant Sea to Sky Corridor economy.
Interested in learning more about economic development in Sea to Sky corridor? Like our Local Economy Action Network (LEAN) Facebook page!
2014 Livable Cities Forum - Are you planning on attending the 2014 Livable Cities Forum in Vancouver April 2nd-4th? Explore how to build healthy, sustainable, and economically resilient communities.
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Building Collaborative Partnerships
Can building collaborative partnerships help effect change? We think so! Read more in our latest blog by Cheeying.
Grants Available: Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plans
FCM funding is available for Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plans (SNAPs). SNAPs build on existing municipal sustainable community plans or strategies, such as an integrated community sustainability plan (ICSP) or official municipal plan that includes sustainability goals.
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>> Watch a video about SNAP
>> Examples of SNAPs
The Whistler Excellence Award nominations are now open!
The Whistler Centre for Sustainability encourages community members to nominate a business to receive or apply for the Sustainability in Action Business Award, presented to a business that has introduced and implemented sustainable practices and strategies that help progress Whistler towards success and sustainability.
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