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Community Sustainability Plan
Drayton Valley offers its citizens a quality of life that is second to none. But that’s no reason to be complacent. To ensure that we stay on course for the bright future we all want to see, it’s necessary to step back and take a look at the hurdles and opportunities on the road ahead. The Community Sustainability Plan is a result of that process.
About the Community Sustainability Plan
Building a sustainable community is the greatest gift we can give our children. By so doing we are making sure that they can enjoy the same lifestyle that we enjoy today. The key to sustainability is to maintain our quality of life while leaving behind the environment and resources to allow future generations to enjoy a similar standard of living. Ultimately it’s about not being selfish. It’s about considering the needs of tomorrow as we go about our lives today.
The Sustainability Plan began life as a document intended to remain in the Town office. But as it started to evolve it became obvious that something more was needed. To be truly successful the plan had to consider the needs and wants of everyone in our community. Once we asked the public for input, the response, both to the process and to the plan itself, was fabulous. It became clear that we all had ideas about where our community should be heading and what we should be doing in order to get there.
After much discussion the five pillars of sustainability were identified as:
- Health and social services
- Arts, culture, and heritage
- Governance and partnerships
- Economic development
- The natural and man-made environment
It’s our belief that the plan lays out a road map that will guide our community toward a prosperous and sustainable future. The Community Sustainability Plan is a living document. It has been designed to remain flexible over the years to accommodate the changing needs and wants of our residents.
The Plan is now complete, but that is only the first step. Our Sustainability Plan is the work of the entire community and likewise, the work of implementing it will be shared by all of us. We have our roadmap. Now we must begin the journey.
Community Environmental Sustainability Award
This was awarded on January 8th at the Town Council Meeting. Congratulations to Keith Warren for being the recipient. To read the nomination: Click Here
Community Sustainability Award
Individuals or groups can be nominated for their efforts and initiatives that fall under the pillars of the Community Sustainability Plan. The award categories are as follows:
- Environmental – initiatives that address sustainable living, conservation/preservation, transportation, waste management, energy and water consumption, development standards, emissions and effluents, and hazardous materials
- Cultural – social, visual and performing arts, entertainment, cultural and heritage events, aid in the recognition and/or promotion of our heritage, historical relevance, or multiculturalism
- Social – projects that support peace, social justice, volunteerism, reduce poverty, ethnic diversity, and human rights
- Economic – Individuals or groups that foster sustainable economic development and growth, leading to a diverse and prosperous community
- Governance – governments, organizations, agencies, and individuals that have had a direct impact on the lives of citizens in a community
- Youth – an individual or group composed of youth that provides a voice for younger generations, encourages youth participation in the community, or works behind the scenes to create positive collaborations with others