2006 11 14 TNS Libraries Presentation

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Community Sustainability: Taking The Natural Step:  Community Sustainability: Taking The Natural Step A presentation for the Halifax Regional Libraries Tuesday, November 14, North Branch Library Wednesday, November 15, Alderney Gate Library Overview:  Overview What is Community Sustainability? The Natural Step Story Canada and Sweden: some indicators Who else is using The Natural Step? The Natural Step for a Sustainable Atlantic Canada Resources Discussion and Questions Slide3:  What is Sustainability? "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." -- Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development Slide4:  Natural environment Economy Society Slide5:  The Sustainability Challenge Environmental? Economic? Social? Cultural? *Resources *Ecosystem services declining increasing *Global population *Demand for: Resources Ecosystem services Slide6:  Why Community Sustainability? What does community sustainability mean to you? Slide7:  “The great challenge of this era is to bring human activities everywhere into alignment with the rest of the natural world...The Natural Step provides an elegant framework, a compass, to guide us on the road ahead and is a powerful tool for all seeking a new mental model to move their businesses into a sustainable future.” Maurice F. Strong, Secretary General UN Earth Summit 1992 The Natural Step & Our Future Slide8:  The Natural Step – the Story Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert, cancer doctor Built scientific consensus on sustainability Built a network of supporters: scientists, entertainers, federal government, television, and the king! Widespread educational campaign in all schools and homes Build on the premise of success Ask your enemies for advice The Natural Step: Conditions for a Sustainable Society:  The Natural Step: Conditions for a Sustainable Society concentrations of substances extracted from the earth's crust concentrations of substances produced by society degradation by physical means and, in that society… people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs. In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing: The System Conditions Re-framed:  The System Conditions Re-framed 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 on 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); Create conditions that increasingly develop and improve the capacity of people to meet their needs. Develop policies and practices that ultimately . . . Slide11:  Swedish Eco-Municipalities More than 60 Swedish Municipalities are on board Changing to sustainable practices across the board (systemic approach) Bottom-up, participatory approach to sustainability planning Experience is transferable to North American Communities Example of Övertorneå: widespread community involvement; over 200 new companies; lowest incidence of sickness; 100% fossil fuel free in municipal operations; free public transit Slide12:  Environmental Indicators – Canada & Sweden Source: OECD in Figures, 2005 Edition Slide13:  Social Indicators – Canada & Sweden Source: OECD in Figures, 2005 Edition, UN Human Development Index 2006 Slide14:  Economic Indicators – Canada & Sweden Source: OECD in Figures, 2005 Edition Who uses The Natural Step?:  Who uses The Natural Step? Swedish Eco-municipalities Quotes from Adopters of The Natural Step:  Quotes from Adopters of The Natural Step “The hospital received top marks from the Building Research Establishment as one of the UK’s most sustainable buildings, where more sustainable methods have generated identifiable savings of 1.8 million pounds, including 20% less energy consumption and 35% less carbon dioxide emissions.” Carillon Chief Executive The Natural Step was a real ah-ha. We could see how far we were from meeting the System Conditions. Everywhere we looked, we could see things we were doing that weren’t sustainable. This really pushed us to look at everything we did through the lens of sustainability. - Susan Sokol Blosser, owner and founder of Sokol Blosser Winery The Natural Step is a clear voice in the commotion. Leif Johansson, CEO, Volvo When we were introduced to the Natural Step, we realized we had found our framework. - Tachi Kiuchi, CEO, Mitsubishi Electric America Communities using The Natural Step:  Whistler A leading example of using the TNS Framework in a community planning context Whistler developed a comprehensive plan, a 16 yr strategy to move the town towards a sustainable Future - Whistler 2020 Communities using The Natural Step The plan includes strategies on arts and culture, built environment, economy, energy, finance, health and social, learning, materials and solid waste, natural areas, partnership, recreation and leisure, resident affordability, resident housing, transportation, visitor experience, and water Communities using The Natural Step:  Canmore In November 2004, the Town of Canmore, Alberta, in partnership with organizations within the community, launched The Natural Step to a Sustainable Canmore. Communities using The Natural Step Canmore used an Early Adopters Process to bring business and community organizations on-side. Participants included the Town of Canmore, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, Canmore Public Library, Polar Pin, Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, Canmore Seniors Association, Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club (TSMV), Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre Communities using The Natural Step:  US Communities Now at least 10 municipalities in the United States in a growing eco-municipality network Includes the eco-region initiative in Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin (includes officials, citizens and tribal members from 3 towns and two tribe nations) Other key participants include Madison, Wisconsin, Vandergrift and Pittsburg, PA, Lawrence Township, NJ, Portsmouth, NH. Example: Chequamegon region Strategic plan has been developed Conducted study circles to engage the community Communities using The Natural Step The Natural Step for a Sustainable Atlantic Canada:  The Natural Step for a Sustainable Atlantic Canada There is a growing interest in sustainable development and a recognition of the need for action Provincial, federal and municipal governments are building this into planning (Integrated Community Sustainability Plans, new NS Economic Development Strategy) Communities, organizations and governments coming together to work on these issues Natural beauty of the region, and use of natural resources as a source of employment Local experience of resource collapse Community cultural sustainability an issue (e.g. out-migration) The Natural Step framework can help develop a vision and facilitate cooperation and communication among organizations and individuals working on sustainability issues. Communities using The Natural Step:  Communities using The Natural Step Halifax Regional Municipality Conducted a high level sustainability analysis of operations using The Natural Step framework Using the e-learning course Addressing project planning, evaluation and review, green building strategies, procurement, energy, waste management and staff education. Not to judge whether HRM is performing well or badly, but to have a holistic, rigorous understanding of its sustainability challenges to allow HRM to effectively and creatively address them. Communities using The Natural Step:  Wolfville Using TNS to revise the town's Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-laws from a sustainability perspective Communities using The Natural Step Using TNS as a lens for other sustainability initiatives – public consultations and capacity-building workshops Used TNS Study Circle guide for this process Next Steps:  Early Adopters Talking with interested communities and organizations (Wolfville, HRM, Antigonish, New Glasgow, Just Us! Coffee Roasters, Aliant, Acadia University, St. John, NB, Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour) Official “launch” in spring 2007 Other Follow up Public lecture with Sarah James Nova Scotia Education for Sustainable Development Working Group – next meeting November 21 Workshops in communities around Nova Scotia and with Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Next Steps Nova Scotia Education for Sustainable Development Working Group:  Nova Scotia Education for Sustainable Development Working Group Need for those working on sustainable development to collaborate and co-ordinate activities. NSESDWG will support systemic change in the formal, non-formal and informal education systems Multi-stakeholder group: government, all three areas of education, non-governmental organizations, youth, industry, and academia. Looking for new members Next meeting: November 21st, 1-4:30 pm, CCEPA Boardroom, 630 Francklyn St. For more information, contact Andrea Flowers, NSESDWG Coordinator, 902-425-9222, andrea.flowers@dal.ca Slide25:  Other Sustainability Resources Nova Scotia Education for Sustainable Development Working Group Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic Nova Scotia Sustainable Communities Initiative Eco-Efficiency Centre Coastal Communities Network Nova Scotia Environmental Network (and weekly bulletin) Ecology Action Centre Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre Sustainable Maritimes listerv AND MANY, MANY MORE – See handout Slide26:  The Natural Step Resources: Books Slide27:  The Natural Step Resources: Websites The Natural Step International http://www.naturalstep.org TNS Canada http://www.naturalstep.ca/ TNS France www.tns-france.org TNS Italy www.naturalstep.it TNS New Zealand http://www.naturalstep.org.nz/ TNS Sweden www.detnaturligasteget.se TNS UK www.naturalstep.org.uk TNS US (Oregon) www.ortns.org Stepping Stones, The Natural step International Newsletter http://www.naturalstep.org.uk/steps_46.pdf Whistler, Toward Sustainability http://www.whistler.ca/Sustainability/ Town of Canmore, Natural Step http://www.canmore.ca/living/our-environment/natural-step-2.html Slide28:  TNS E-Learning Program http://www.naturalstep.ca/elearning Thank You!:  Thank You! Comments? Questions? For further information, please contact: Clare Levin, Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic, clevin@gpiatlantic.org, 902-489-2524 www.gpiatlantic.org www.naturalstep.ca www.nsen.ca Slide30:  The Gini Coefficient 0 = perfect equality; 1 = perfect inequality Gini = ratio of areas (2*yellow area) * 100 Strategic Planning Framework:  Strategic Planning Framework

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