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What is Sustainability and Resiliency?

Sustainable development is that which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Our Common Future, United Nations report 1987.

Resiliency is the “ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to, and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner.” Disaster Risk and Resilience, United Nations report 2012.


In September 2019, the City established a select committee of staff representatives spanning multiple departments and disciplines to evaluate city operations for more sustainable alternatives while assessing any community vulnerabilities.  The committee was also tasked with identifying opportunities for incorporating the concepts of sustainability and resiliency into City department-level decision making and policy goals for future development.  These goals will evolve and mature into a sustainability and resiliency plan that includes social, economic, and environmental considerations.

The committee’s first focus will be to evaluate the ten elements of the comprehensive plan for sustainability and climate related priorities.  These ten elements are:  Economic Development, Coastal Management, Facilities, Intergovernmental Coordination, Capital Improvements, Recreation and Parks, Conservation, Future Land Use, Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure.

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