Greening the Community. Will O’Brien January 2010. Challenges Facing Communities. Loss of traditional economic base and current economic slowdown Intense competition for service employment Flat tax revenues in the face of increasing local government costs
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Greening the Community
Ecologically Sustainable Development
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With respect to hot points such as environment, population and resources, in 1986, led by the State Science and Technology Commission, the State Planning Commission, and other relevant governmental sectors, Changzhou City and Wuxi county of Jiangsu Province were chosen, as demonstration, to test comprehensive community management through the dissemination of innovative ways of thinking and input of science and technology. The demonstration involves both theoretical researches and extensive social practices. It has conducted comprehensive experiments in areas with great differences in natural and geographical conditions, including rural areas, county town and city blocks. Through ten years' effort, a new way has been figured out which depends on the scientific and technological advancement to promote economic and social sustainable development. By the end of 1996, there were 26 such communities at the national level and 45 at the provincial and municipal level; those cover 23 of China's provinces. With the implementation of China's Agenda 21, the Chinese government is placing sustainable development as one of its important base of experience and practice for the implementation of China's Agenda 21 at local level.
The main objective of the experimental sustainable communities is to develop new mechanisms which will benefit economic development while keeping in harmony with social development and environmental protection; to improve the relationship between human beings and nature by increasing people's awareness of new concepts and improving their capabilities; and to "control population growth, expand job availability, improve the social security system, protect the environment; and in this way to promote social prosperity through fair, secure, civilized and healthy development.“
Ministers strike a deal for Sustainable Communities.
UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and full text of the Bristol Accord, “Sustainable
EU Ministers strike a deal for sustainable communitiesODPM News Release 07 December 2005
An historic agreement to unite Europe behind a common goal of creating sustainable communities was announced today at the EU Informal Meeting of Ministers, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.The Bristol Accord will provide a new framework for EU Governments to deliver jobs, economic prosperity, social justice, and improved quality of life for Europe’s 450 million citizens.
It sets out eight key characteristics that will inform future European regional policy to deliver places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. Sustainable communities should be safe, fair, thriving, environmentally sensitive, well run, served, connected and designed.
The Accord agreed today in Bristol builds on the Rotterdam urban acquis, the Lisbon agenda for jobs and growth, the goals of environmental sustainability agreed at Gothenburg, and effective democratic governance agreed at the Warsaw Summit in May.
The Deputy Prime Minister said:“We are united in our common goal – a European approach to creating sustainable communities. We are committed to delivering the quality of growth our people need and the quality of life they deserve. Sustainable communities is a big idea for a bigger Europe. It offers a chance to create thriving and successful places in which the people of Europe will have a more secure and prosperous future. In Bristol this week, we have taken a major step forward in realizing this shared ambition, with the signing of this Accord.”Ministers also agreed to the establishment of a group of EU experts to consider how European Investment Bank (EIB) loans can contribute to the development of sustainable communities. The group will include Members States, the EIB and the European Commission, reporting back to Ministers during the German Presidency in 2007.
Ministers also signed up to a Sustainable Communities Skills Symposium, to help drive forward the implementation of the Bristol Accord.
Restoring balance, environmental health, quality of life, sense of community
New Goals of for the 21st Century:
High Quality of Life
Effective Decision making
.. ability of a community to utilize its resources to ensure that all present and future members can attain a high degree of health and well-being, economic security, and a say in shaping their future while maintaining the integrity of the ecological systems on which all life and production depends.
The long-term continuity of social, cultural, economic, democratic and environmental health and prosperity of a community.
We work toward the long term sustainability and well being of
Start small & build on success
(Layer Cake Model)
Support Infrastructure / Quality of Life
Human Infrastructure /
Projects & Plans
Goals & Objectives
On Going Processes
1) Well articulated vision
2) Looks for Opportunities
3) Risk Taking
4) Holistic Perspective
5) A Belief in “Doing”
6) Find Ways for ALL to Participate
7) Develop PEOPLE first
8) Builds upon Community Resources
9) Nothings Succeeds like Success
10) Good Use of Knowledge