Upcoming Sustainability Dialogue on Collaborative Community Sustainability Strategies

May 25, 2011 1:15 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) May 25, 2011 - The Natural Step Exchange is pleased to present the May instalment of its Sustainability Dialogue Series on dynamic topics that are relevant to its members. These dialogues showcase member initiatives to highlight best practices and challenges, explore dynamic and advanced sustainability topics, feature a notable cross-section of sustainability experts, and create space for lively Q&A sessions.

Upcoming Sustainability Dialogue ::: Collaborative Community Sustainability Strategies
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 1-2PM EST

In the last two years in Canada over 100 municipalities have formulated or are formulating Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). While there has been significant support for their formulation, there is little guidance available for their implementation. This presentation offers original findings about options for implementing collaborative sustainability plans with multiple partners. This information is highly relevant for any local government undertaking an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), a Local Agenda 21, or other collaborative sustainability strategy. It is also relevant for businesses interested in stakeholder relations and community engagement.

In her presentation, the University of Waterloo's Dr. Amelia Clarke, will detail the key results of her PhD research. The study examined the governance structures put in place for implementation and the findings showed four models being used in Canada: 
1)    Implementing through Joint Projects;
2)    Implementing through Partner Organizations;
3)    Implementing through a Focal Organization; and
4)    Informal Implementation.

The Natural Step Exchange is a unique network for sustainability practitioners and leaders who want to learn, share, and connect with others to accelerate the change toward a sustainable Canada. This dialogue is exclusive for Premium Exchange members. 

Premium memberships are designed for individuals, businesses and communities who are knowledgeable sustainability practitioners and leaders who are leading change toward sustainability in Canada. They are interested in advanced, in-depth learning, receiving practical support and forging meaningful connections with like-minded people in the sustainability field across Canada. For more information about how to join, please visit our website at http://www.thenaturalstep.org/exchange/.

About The Natural Step Canada
The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with over a decade of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability. We envision a sustainable world in which individuals, communities, and businesses thrive within nature’s limits. We strive to inspire, educate, and connect Canadian leaders to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable world.
Through award-winning learning programs and our unique suite of advisory, coaching, training, and process facilitation services, we translate the fundamentals of sustainability into practical steps businesses and communities can take to achieve lasting change.