A QuickStart to Community Sustainability Planning?!

TNS Canada has pioneered a quick start approach to Integrated Community Sustainability Planning. In 6-8 months smaller to medium sized communities can complete an initial planning process and plan to begin implementation. The link to a new QuickStart course is at the bottom of the program description below. I participated in the regular ICSP course last year and there is a lot of transferable value for application in the U.S. It’s followed by a useful comment as well.


Introducing the new QuickStart ICSP for smaller communities!

The Centre for Sustainability and The Natural Step Canada launch new joint service offering.

Does your community have a common, long-term vision? Is it prepared for resilience and a changing economy? Thinking about a community sustainability plan, but don’t have the resources?

The Centre for Sustainability and The Natural Step Canada are excited to announce a new joint service offering to address these needs: the QuickStart ICSP (Integrated Community Sustainability Plan). If you’re a small- to medium-sized community, our QuickStart ICSP process is just the right thing for you!

This new approach offers an easy, cost-effective way to get your community up and running with a sustainability plan, complete with on-the-ground actions and implementation tools in 6-8 months. With a QuickStart ICSP, you can lead your process with confidence, knowing you’re building on best practices already developed and implemented across Canada.

Sign up for our next cohort before September 26 and receive a 10% discount! http://bit.ly/p9jx3x

As non-profit organizations, the Center for Sustainability and The Natural Step Canada exist to support the development of sound community sustainability practices through planning, engagement, performance measurement, and…


Jason NilesThis is a great approach, as smaller communities indeed have a strain on resources. However developing another policy document that creates a list-to-do can also be onerous for both staff and council. I have worked with the BC communities of Telkwa, and Barriere in developing their ICSPs and they are nearing completion. I encourage you to take a look at these small towns as they move forward with some exciting strategies.

I have to add my “planners” bit here… don’t forget to link your ICSP with direct land-use policies in the Official Community Plan (Municipal Plan.. etc).



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