This week my wife Robyn and I wrote a letter to Castlegar City Council. I’m not into writing letter just for the sake of it, if I’m going to write a letter it is going to be in regards to something I care deeply about. The sustainability of Castlegar is something we care about and are concerned that movement in the direction of sustainability is not a priority for the City.
I’ll post the letter here in the coming week, but I’ll raise a source of concern. In speaking of the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning project, on the City’s website, the mayor is quoted…
“This new project is an excellent example of all three
levels of government working to build community sustainability,” said
Mayor Lawrence Chernoff. “With a land use and infrastructure strategy
in place, Castlegar will be well-prepared for future growth and
The assumption from the mayor is that future growth and development are critical to sustainabiilty. Sustainability is built around land management, but a community plan has to be more comprehensive than just land management.[ad#468]
Municipal (and any sustainable) initiatives must aim for three imperative goals:
- Initiatives must reduce the use of what is scarce, imported, or gives money to people hostile to us.
- Initiatives must only increase the use of what we have in abundance (which isn’t everything touted as such).
- Initiatives must reduce the burden of emissions on land, water and air.
Quoted initiatives are from the article – Advice to Pres. Obama (#5): One Engineer’s Advice for Energy Policy – The Oil Drum
These three simple points should be used as a filter for any proposal for innovation or change brought to a municipality. They represent a low risk level of sustainability that we can only hope our leaders will adopt for the sake of the future.