What is Sustainability?
Sustainable is a commonly used expression today, but what does it mean? The United Nations have put a lot of effort into sustainable communities and development. In 2002 they developed a vision statement and guiding principles for sustainable communities known as the “Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities”. In August 2009, the Municipality of Colchester adopted the Melbourne Principles as a guiding document for the development of a Sustainable Colchester. The Melbourne Principles also provide a global context to efforts that take place in Colchester.
At the same time Colchester Council also adopted a Vision Statement and draft goals that will guide the development of a Sustainable Community Plan. Colchester’s Vision Statement is:
“To create a sustainable Colchester that is prosperous, vibrant, healthy and caring; where decisions that are made today do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
To achieve sustainability, communities must plan with an understanding of the consequences of its actions today on the future. Municipalities are encouraged to consider the “four pillars” of community sustainability to provide a holistic approach. The four pillars are of community sustainability are:
- Economic Viability
- Environmental Responsibility
- Social Equity
- Cultural Vitality
Everyone has a role to play in making Colchester more sustainable. From individuals and families to business and Municipal government we all impact our community and can make changes to lessen that impact.
Where do we go from here?
pdf Sustainable Colchester 2029 (12.21 MB) - A 20-year plan to set the course toward sustainability for Colchester's next 150 years.
Solar Colchester is a new municipal program that allows eligible property owners in Colchester to install photovoltaic solar panels with financing assistance from the Municipality. Solar PV panels harvest clean energy from sunlight, which can save you money on your power bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Participants can pay for the project at an attractive interest rate over 10 years.