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Progress Survey ReportJanuary 2013
Elements of Sustainability Identified by Staff
- Arts and Culture
- Citizen Engagement and Social Capital
- Economic Development
- Healthy and Active Living
- Land Use
- Lifelong Learning
- Natural and Environmental Resources
- Safe Community
In August 2008, Deputy City Manager Bonnie Svrcek presented the Sustainable City Initiative to Lynchburg City Council at which time City Council adopted a resolution supporting the initiative including the Statement of Purpose, Vision, Definitions, Guiding Principles, Goals and Objectives. City Council also appointed Councilmember Michael Gillette to serve as Council’s liaison to the Sustainable City Initiative committee to serve as the formal point of communication between staff and Council on sustainable issues, to work continually with staff to advance sustainable issues consistent with the Council’s priorities, and to report periodically to Council on how its decisions impact the sustainability efforts.
Sustainable Lynchburg Vision
- The City recognizes that financial responsibility, environmental stewardship, economic development, and social and racial equity are integrated elements of sustainability.
- Sound financial management and the appropriate use of taxpayers’ dollars are critical foundations to attaining the goals of sustainability.
- Sustainability serves as a filter for City decision making and development of policy.
- Engaging the community, building social capital and encouraging citizen leadership are fundamental elements to working towards a sustainable City.
- A sustainable City is achieved through partnerships with the business community, citizens and local government.
- All local government functions will work in support of a sustainable City.
- The City works to protect, preserve, and restore the natural environment.
- The City promotes active living, advances safe communities, and works to improve the social and physical environment.
- The City works towards a sustainable infrastructure.
- A sustainable City set priorities and evaluates progress through performance indicators and outcomes.
Work Group Members
Parks and Recreation
Dr. Michael Gillette
City Council Liaison
Communications & Marketing
City Manager’s Office