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The Eco-Municipality Model for Sustainable Community Change: Chequamegon Bay. “Making Connections” ProWalk/Pro Bike 2006 Madison WI September 6, 2006. What is an “eco-municipality”?. aspires to develop an ecologically, economically, and socially healthy

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the eco municipality model for sustainable community change chequamegon bay

The Eco-Municipality Model for Sustainable Community Change: Chequamegon Bay

“Making Connections”

ProWalk/Pro Bike 2006

Madison WI

September 6, 2006

what is an eco municipality

What is an “eco-municipality”?

aspires to develop an ecologically,

economically, and socially healthy

community for the long term

using the Natural Step framework for

sustainability as a guide

and a democratic, highly participative

development process as the method.

Source: “Eco-municipality Synopsis.” n.d.

what is different about this model

What is different about this model?

The eco-municipality model uses a systems approach. Key ingredients are widespread community awareness-raising and integrated community involvement, using a common “sustainability language” based upon the Natural Step framework.

Source: “Eco-municipality Synopsis.” n.d.

the natural step
The Natural Step

To develop and share a common framework comprised of easily-understood, scientifically-based principles that can serve as a compass to guide society toward a just and sustainable future.

Australia

Brazil

Canada

Israel

Japan

New Zealand

South Africa

Sweden

United Kingdom

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Find fundamental principles of indisputable relevance, and thereafter ask the advice of others on how to apply them.

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt

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The Funnel of Converging Trends

Deteriorating Living Systems

Ecosystems

Forests

Water

Wildlife

Soil

Closing margin for action

Source: Sarah James and Tjorborn Lahti, The Natural Step for Communities. Based on work by Karl-Henrik Robert and others.

Population & Consumption

the four system conditions for sustainability
The Four System Conditions for Sustainability

In the sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing…

  • concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust;
  • concentrations of substances produced by society;
  • degradation by physical means;

and, in that society,

4.human needs are met worldwide.

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System Condition 1In order for a society to be sustainable, nature’s functions and diversity are not systematically subject to increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth’s crust.

  • Ties into the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Total mass and energy in the universe is conserved
  • For example, the burning of fossil fuels simply creates gases in the atmosphere
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System Condition 2In order for a society to be sustainable, nature’s functions and diversity are not systematically subject to increasing concentrations of substances produced by society.

  • Based on the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the Law of Entropy)
  • Energy and matter tend to spread spontaneously and everything has a tendency to disperse -- bioaccumulation
  • Examples range from mercury and lead poisoning to water pollution and toxic waste
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2. Use planning approaches that reduce dependence upon chemicals and unnatural substances.

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System Condition 3In order for a society to be sustainable, nature’s functions and diversity are not systematically impoverished by physical displacement, over-harvesting or other forms of ecosystem manipulation.

  • Maintaining the integrity of ecosystems, including biodiversity, is underscored
  • The need to value the functions of living systems, such as water and air purification, pollination and climate regulation
  • Calls for “systems thinking” approach to resource management and biological conservation
ecosystem services
Ecosystem Services
  • Oxygen production
  • Purification of water and air
  • Supply of drinking water
  • Protection against cosmic and ultraviolet radiation
  • Solar energy
  • Regulation of local and global climate
  • Maintenance of wildlife migration and habitats
  • Storage, detoxification and recycling of human waste
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System Condition 4In order for a society to be sustainable,resources are used fairly and efficiently to meet basic human needs globally.
  • Speaks to the issue of equity
  • Provides an essential ethical aspect to the Natural Step
  • “Essential for social stability and the cooperation needed for making large-scale changes within the framework laid out by the first three conditions”
planning for sustainability policy guide develop policies and practices that ultimately
Planning for Sustainability Policy GuideDevelop Policies and Practices that Ultimately:
  • Eliminate our community’s contribution to fossil fuel dependence and to wasteful use of scarce metals and minerals.
  • Eliminate our community’s contribution to dependence upon persistent chemicals and wasteful use of synthetic substances.
  • Eliminate our community’s contribution to encroachment upon nature (e.g., land, water, wildlife, forests, soil, ecosystems).
  • Meet human needs fairly and efficiently.

Source: Based on the American Planning Association’s Planning for Sustainability Policy Guide, 2000.

eco municipality steps to success
Eco-Municipality Steps to Success
  • Finding the Fire Souls
  • Education: raising awareness
  • Official endorsement
  • Involving the implementers
  • Applying the “Compass” process
  • Whole plan endorsement
  • Keeping it going (institutionalization)

Source: The Natural Step for Communities; Sarah James and Tjorborn Lahti, 2004

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The Compass

  • Develop awareness
  • Assess current situation
  • Envision future
  • Backcast to present
  • Act, develop goals, do
  • Build partnerships
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Attend Eco-municipality Workshop, May 2004

  • Study Tour to Sweden
  • Local presentations to over 600 people
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200 participated

13 co-sponsors

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List 3 actions that could be taken in the region to reduce encroachment upon nature (land, water, wildlife, forests, soils, etc.)

___________________________________ _________________________________

___________________________________ _________________________________

___________________________________ _________________________________

4

3

System Condition 3

VISION 2030In the year 2030 the Lake Superior Watershed is sustainable. This means that society is working within the three first systems conditions, while satisfying human needs.

System Condition 4

List 3 actions that could be taken in the region to reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals & other unnatural substances.

_____________________ ______________________

_____________________ ______________________

_____________________ ______________________

List 3 actions that could be taken in the region to better meet human needs fairly & efficiently.

____________________ _____________________

____________________ _____________________

____________________ _____________________

VISION 2030In the year 2030 the Lake Superior Watershed is sustainable. This means that society is working within the three first systems conditions, while satisfying human needs.

System Condition 2

System Condition 1Put an * next to actions that meet all 4 Scs.

List 3 actions that could be taken in the region to reduce dependence upon fossil fuels.

___________________________________ _________________________________

___________________________________ _________________________________

___________________________________ _________________________________

1

2

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Sustainable

Chequamegon

Initiative

Strategic Plan

2006-2011

sustainable chequamegon
Sustainable Chequamegon

Sustainable

Chequamegon

Center

  • Project development
  • Networking
  • Share skills
  • Find suppliers, markets
  • Support projects
2005 pie and politics
2005 Pie and Politics

450 in attendance

2006 pie and politics
2006 Pie and Politics

Rocky Anderson, Mayor

Salt Lake City

“Climate Change and How Municipalities Can Respond”

eco municipality resolutions adopted
Eco-Municipality Resolutions Adopted

City of Washburn ~ July 2005

City of Ashland ~ August 2005

City of Madison ~ December 2005

Douglas Co. ~ May 2006

City of Duluth ~ May 2006

Washburn City Council and staff with Torbjorn Lahti, summer 2005.

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Study CirclesAlliance for Sustainability9 circles: 3 in Ashland 3 in Washburn 2 in Bayfield 1 on Madeleine80 participants

north american eco municipality network
North American Eco-Municipality Network

City of Washburn

City of Ashland

City of Madison

Portsmouth NH

Lawrence NJ

Vandergrift PA

Tufts University

Sustainable Pittsburgh

Whistler BC

The Natural Step, Canada

Sustain Dane

University of Wisconsin-Extension

sustainability toolkit for governments
Sustainability Toolkit for Governments
  • Sherrie Gruder, SHWEC, UW-Madison
  • Anna Haines, CLUE, UW-Stevens Point
  • Jerry Hembd, NCCED, UW-Superior
  • Mary Kluz, CNRED, Marathon County
  • Lisa McKinnon, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
  • Jane Silberstein, CNRED, Ashland County
synergies
Synergies
  • A new waste handling company is starting up based on our site. What they are now landfilling will become feedstock for us in the near future.
sustainable chequamegon what s next
Sustainable ChequamegonWhat’s Next?

Organizational structure and funding

Projects galore

Trip(s) to Sweden

On-going education and training

On-going Study Circles

Office/headquarters

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JANE SILBERSTEIN

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator

University of Wisconsin-Extension

Ashland County

www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/ashland