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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Toward a Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Government

Toward a Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Government

Produced in 2007 by the Extension Service at the University of Wisconsin, this 48-page on-line publication focuses on guidance for making internal local government functions more sustainable in the areas of: energy, buildings, transportation/mobility, procurement, investments and human resources. Under each area actions, strategies, case studies, resources and purpose are covered. This guide stresses the benefits of and reasons for using the science-based Natural Step sustainability framework developed in Sweden to guide implementation of sustainable city goals. Resolutions for becoming an eco-municipality and using the Natural Step are included from seven Wisconsin communities. It also includes an overview of the Sustainable Chequamegon initiative and its use of the Natural Step principles, which are: (1)Reduce dependence upon fossil fuels, extracted underground metals and minerals. (2)Reduce dependence on chemicals and other manufactured substances that can accumulate in Nature. (3)Reduce dependence on activities that harm life-sustaining ecosystems. (4)Meet the hierarchy of present and future human needs fairly and efficiently. Ten basic steps are suggested for how a municipality can initiate a sustainable community program. (PDF Format; Length: 48 pages)



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January 2007

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