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Questions for municipal representatives

Sustainability is an important issue for many people in North Grenville.

Sustainability is generally defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In a municipality, this means taking into account the ‘four pillars of sustainability’ – economic, social, environmental and cultural – when making decisions.

What sustainable decisions or actions are our municipal representatives taking in North Grenville?

1. Sustainable/ Smart growth

In his book, Toward Sustainable Communities, author Mark Roseland states, “By placing greater emphasis on sustainability, including social equity and environmental responsibility, citizens and their governments choose economic development that provides opportunities for people of different incomes and skills, promotes a better quality of life, and protects the environment.”

Does North Grenville place adequate emphasis on sustainability?

2. Energy Efficiency With the exception of the USA, Canada consumes more energy per capita than the rest of the world. The price of fossil fuels is going up and, as oil and gas become increasingly hard to extract, the environmental cost of using these forms of energy also increases. The promotion of energy-efficient building design and support for the retrofitting of older buildings reduces operating costs and allows for investment in future projects.

What measures is North Grenville taking to lessen our energy consumption now and improve our energy efficiency in the future?

3. Local Food: Most experts agree that the era of cheap, easy to extract oil is coming to an end, with most claiming that peak production was reached and passed in either 2005 or 2006; with it, the giant agribusiness that supplies most of our cheap food from far away will at first get much more expensive, then, inevitably, decline and collapse.

What steps should North Grenville take to transition our community towards buying and encouraging the production of more ‘ready to eat’ local foods?

4. Transportation

As we notice more emphasis on growth in North Grenville, we need to take into account the movement of its community members. Sustainable and ‘active’ transportation offers health benefits (bicycle paths and accessible walking routes), and social and economic benefits, such as the development of commuter ‘fleets’ for travel within North Grenville in addition to those currently existing (and at capacity) to larger urban centres, such as Ottawa. Transport Canada, as well as other sites, offer guidance:

Given a time horizon between 2010 and 2013, how does North Grenville plan to stimulate a sustainable transportation mindset among community members and businesses or corporations investing in the municipality? How does it intend to promote active transportation and implement lasting transportation policies and infrastructure to support its growth?