About the Sustainability Plan
"Take Care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place."
- Marilyn Hamilton
What is an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan?
An Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) consists of a vision, strategic plan and process for creating the future we want for our community. It is a high-level policy document and participatory process that is comprehensive, community-wide and long-term. An ICSP should be developed by all community partners in order to successfully create the shared future articulated within it.
Integrated community sustainability planning is about transformative change as well as incremental improvements. It is about a new way of thinking, making decisions and collaborating. It's a long-term process that requires leadership, shared commitment, hard work and sustained effort.
Creston's ISCP, Cultivating Creston, is being developed by the Community Sustainability Advisory Team (CSAT), along with the community, and implemented by the community, using a transparent process to ensure accountability. The plan will:
It will articulate a vision and priorities that outline what Creston would like to look like and be in the future. It will also define what our sustainability objectives are so we can create a successful community and do so in a way that aligns with the principles for a sustainable society.
Meaningful community participation and ultimately on-the-ground action toward the vision will be enabled by establishing concrete strategy areas, a description of success within each, and an ongoing action planning process.
A monitoring system will be developed to track our progress and performance in order to learn and improve.
The ongoing action planning process and decision-informing tools will ensure continuous participation and improvement, building on existing and new approaches.
How do we create the ICSP for Creston?
There is no single way to develop an ICSP, and communities all tackle it slightly differently. However, for Creston, we chose a process that has been used to successfully create ICSPs in other communities (see Resources for more info). Further, it is a very intuitive process - one that we can each use every day in our planning. Simply put, the basic steps that were used to develop our ICSP include:
Who is involved?
• Creation of CSAT and participation in CSAT meetings
• Author and distribute communications material to Council, local outlets, website, social media
• Facilitate and participate in public events
• Review draft documents and information
• Provide input at all stages of the process
• Implement identified actions