During the public visioning sessions, citizens were asked to identify ideas they associated with the meaning of sustainability. These ideas helped shape a shared understanding of sustainability. The principles of sustainability guiding Charlottetown’s ICSP are:
To meet the needs of this generation without compromising the needs of future generations.
To live within the City’s ecological, financial and resource capacity means.
To respect and strengthen the relationship with and to the broader Island ecosystem, culture, and economy.
To ensure resiliency by increasing self reliance and independence in energy, resource, waste and financial management.
To restore and protect the natural environment resulting in cleaner air, cleaner water and the protection of sensitive land and ecosystem resources.
To preserve and enhance existing community infrastructure and core amenities.
To enhance the connectivity of transportation infrastructure and networks throughout the City.
To cultivate a public and individual commitment to all and consider universal accessibility in infrastructure and program design and delivery.
*It is important to note that over time these principles may evolve and change as the community develops a deeper understanding of sustainability.
For another definition of Sustainability watch the following animation: