EARTHCARE SUDBURY is a unique partnership between the City of Greater Sudbury, 37 community agencies, organizations and businesses, and individual Sudburians. EARTHCARE SUDBURY is all about community organizations and individuals coming together to chart our own course for a "greener", more sustainable community in the future. Click here to view the EARTHCARE SUDBURY "Declaration of Community Partners".

The focus of EARTHCARE SUDBURY is on enhancing our environment, ensuring economic viability, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improve the quality of life in our community. This means addressing environmental challenges – such as climate change – head on, and developing the best solutions for Sudbury.

Recently, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognized Sudbury as a "model community" for our EARTHCARE initiative – a process that other communities can follow in the years to come.

Taking Action – Our Local Action Plan

To accelerate our path towards community sustainability, EARTHCARE SUDBURY has launched an important action planning process. This process is bringing together community partners and residents to develop a "made in Sudbury" Local Action Plan (LAP) for Climate Protection. Our plan will provide a blueprint for how we, as a community, will take action to protect our climate, while improving our quality of life and strengthening our economy.

The LAP Planning Process

A six-step process is being followed to develop Sudbury’s Local Action Plan by October, 2001. Click here to view a diagram showing the key process steps and schedule.

Step 1 – Build the Foundation: Over the past several months, critical preparatory work has been done to set the stage for a successful planning process. EARTHCARE SUDBURY was launched in May, 2000, with 37 community partners signing a declaration committing to develop the LAP and increase the participation of Sudburians in local initiatives aimed at improving our quality of life and strengthening our economy.

The EARTHCARE SUDBURY Steering Committee was established, and funding for LAP development was secured from the federal Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the City of Great Sudbury. Most recently in early February 2001, Sudbury was one of the first Canadian communities to receive funding under FCM’s new "Green Municipal Enabling Fund" – a $75,000 grant to assist with development of our Community Energy Plan. In-kind contributions have also been made by all EARTHCARE community partners.

Step 2 – Set Goals (February – May, 2001): EARTHCARE SUDBURY community partners, with input from the broader community, will establish goals, objectives and targets to guide the local action planning process.

Step 3 – Develop LAP Components (March – June, 2001): Five working groups – 1) residential; 2) industrial/commercial/institutional (I/C/I) 3) municipal; 4) education and outreach; and 5) business plan development – will meet to develop recommendations and detailed action steps relating to their "sector" or area of focus. Guided by the Community-Based Social Marketing Action Guide and the approaches of community-based social marketing (CBSM), the residential, I/C/I and municipal working groups will:

• identify and prioritize opportunities in their "sector";
• consider the barriers and benefits associated with these opportunities; and
• recommend strategies and actions for inclusion in the LAP.

The public education and outreach working group will focus on opportunities to integrate climate protection activities in Sudbury’s education "sector" (e.g., school curricula), as well as recommend education and outreach strategies needed to support the recommendations of the other working groups. Finally, the business plan development working group will identify and recommend funding and financing mechanisms to support implementation of the LAP well into the future.

Step 4 – Prepare Integrated Plan (June – August, 2001): The EARTHCARE SUDBURY Steering Committee, with support from City staff, will integrate recommendations from the five working groups to develop a draft LAP, along with a preliminary implementation strategy and business plan.

Step 5 – Confirm the Plan (September, 2001): The working groups will re-convene to review the integrated plan, and input from the broader community will be sought and incorporated.

Step 6 – Approve the Plan (October, 2001): A final plan will be presented to Greater Sudbury City Council for review and approval. Finally, EARTHCARE SUDBURY partners will be asked to approve the plan and sign a declaration committing to implementation.

Engaging All Sudburians

Community involvement and communications will play a key role in developing the LAP. At key points in the planning process, the EARTHCARE SUDBURY Steering Committee will reach out to Sudburians with information about the planning process, and how community members can participate. Two "formal" involvement opportunities are envisioned, with community workshops planned early in the process at the goal setting stage, and later on once a draft plan has been developed.

Who Does What?

Click here to view an organizational chart which illustrates the roles and responsibilities of various community organizations and stakeholders in developing the LAP.

Greater Sudbury City Council has initiated and will approve the local action plan. LAP development (including community involvement and communications) will be overseen by the EARTHCARE SUDBURY Steering Committee.

Five working groups, consisting of EARTHCARE community partners, will put forward "sectoral" recommendations and detailed action steps for consideration by the Steering Committee. The EARTHCARE secretariat will provide planning, facilitation and reporting support to the Steering Committee and working groups.

To ensure coordination between the LAP process and other ongoing complementary initiatives (e.g., Sudbury Air Quality Initiative), the secretariat will ensure that linkages and exchanges of information are facilitated where appropriate.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, individual Sudburians can become involved in the planning process, as well as in local initiatives that emerge from the process to improve our quality of life and strengthen our economy.

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