East St. Paul Mayor & Councillor attend Sustainable Communities Conference - Highlights
Posted: February 17, 2015
East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart & Councillor Charles Posthumus recently attended the 3-day, 2015 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference in London Ontario. Delegates from across Canada attend this conference to learn about best practices which help Canadian municipalities deliver services that provide the best possible quality of life for its citizens.
Some examples of the sessions they attended were:
Civic Engagement for Sustainability: What, Why & How: This full day session included a half-day workshop on how to host an Open Space meeting or event. Open Space is a powerful format well-suited for high-conflict, high-complexity, and/or high-pressure situations.
Healthy Communities by Design: Turning Research into Results: Presented by the Canadian Institute of Health Research this session provided an overview of the key indicators to consider, from a public health standpoint, when making planning decisions for your community.
Community Energy Planning – Getting to Implementation: This full day session focused on green buildings, LED lighting and energy savings. The afternoon included tours of the district energy center and 2 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings in Stoney Creek.
Building Resilience in the Age of Climate Change: Climate change and rainfall cause significant flooding; this session identified strategies on how to cope with these weather related challenges with a focus on residential and municipal buildings, roadways and water facilities.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Save Money, Reduce Flood Risk, and protect Water: This session focused on how to create green space that can assist in reducing flooding. Several speakers shared their expertise on topics including urban hydrology, green streets and bio retention soil.
At the Sustainable Communities Awards and Partners for Climate Protection Reception, East St. Paul was recognized for achieving Partners for Climate Protectionmilestone #1, the completion of greenhouse gas emission inventory.
L to R: ESP Councillor Charles Posthumus, ESP Mayor Shelley Hart, Megan Meaney, Director ICLEI Canada.
"As our communities continue to face challenges, we need to explore opportunities to become more sustainable, ensuring cost effective services and prudent stewardship of our environment." - Mayor Shelley Hart.