Sustainable Kingston to Hold Community Forum

Published on: 2011/12/22 - in Releases

Sustainable Kingston will hold a day-long Community Forum on the Sustainable Kingston Plan – the community-built plan to make Kingston Canada’s Most Sustainable City on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Four Points by Sheraton at 285 King St. E.

“A good many Kingstonians put their heart and soul into developing the Sustainable Kingston Plan and will want to see the contributions being made by the Community Partners.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to continue the community conversation about how to fulfill our vision of the most sustainable city,” says Joe Davis, Project Manager, Sustainability and Growth.

All Kingstonians are invited to participate in the Forum which will feature a keynote address by former Toronto Mayor, David Miller who will give a presentation titled Sustainability: We Can Live Green, Create Jobs and Social Justice.

The Forum will also highlight sustainable activities of the Sustainable Kingston Plan’s more than 60 Community Partners (including the City). Many Community Partners will offer showcase presentations or exhibits of the sustainable activities they’ve contributed to the Plan’s Community Action Inventory (see www.sustainablekingston.ca to see this dynamic and growing list).

Interactive mini symposia will offer participants a chance to offer input into meeting the goals defined in the Plan’s four-pillar framework: Cultural Vitality, Economic Health, Environmental Responsibility and Social Equity.  Davis points out that a single sustainable action can contribute to a number of the pillars themes and goals outlined in the Plan.

Those interested in participating can register under the “News & Events” tab at www.sustainablekingston.ca .  Registration is $15 until January 15 and $25 after.  Organizers are expecting approximately 200 participants, including individual residents and participants from businesses, organizations and the public sector.

Members of the community are also invited to contribute exhibits of sustainability-focused programs, services, products, or other activities.  Non-traditional and innovative displays incorporating multiple mediums, creative arts or demonstrations are encouraged.

The City is a Community Partner to the Sustainable Kingston Plan and hosts the organization which has its own Board of Governors. The City has incorporated sustainable goals into its own 2011-2014 Strategic Plan (see www.cityofkingston.ca/sustainability).

Plan to get there by bus: www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner.

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Release source: City of Kingston