Introducing the new QuickStart ICSP for smaller communities

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Introducing the new QuickStart ICSP for smaller communities

The Centre for Sustainability and The Natural Step Canada launch new joint service offering
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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:00pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) July 25, 2011 - Ottawa, ON—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!

QuickStart your community sustainability plan today!

Sustainability planning is the path to a community’s long term success. As a local government, you’re required to manage today’s needs, while preparing for tomorrow’s challenges. With rapid changes in technology, demographics, economic drivers, and resource availabilities expected over the next 20 years—and immediate pressures to strengthen the economy—it’s critical that you set a strong community vision of success to guide decision-making from a base of community values and consensus.

Our QuickStart ICSP process delivers:

  • An integrated community sustainability plan and process for your community

  • A set of clear actions for immediate implementation, directed to specific organizations

  • A clear focus for economic development

  • Implementation tools and techniques

  • Sustainability performance indicators and monitoring tools

  • Innovative community engagement techniques

  • Capacity-building and training for community, staff, and decision-makers

  • A solid basis for pursuing more comprehensive sustainability planning and implementation

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 shared learning.

Our experience with smaller communities provides you with a tested process for community engagement, developing a shared vision, and determining on-the-ground actions. And our cohort model provides access to shared learning and networking. You gain efficiencies by borrowing from proven ideas and implementation tools, while we tailor the process to your community’s specific circumstances.

Talk to us about creating a sustainable future for your community... today!

For more information, please download our QuickStart ICSP brochure or contact us today.


The Centre for Sustainability...

  • Has a solid track record of facilitating innovative community sustainability planning and implementation processes.

  • Has a proven approach to creating robust strategies and implementation, with particular expertise in small communities.

  • Assists with corporate and community energy and emissions planning and implementation strategies.

The Natural Step Canada...

  • Has more than a decade of experience helping communities of all sizes take meaningful steps toward sustainability.

  • Has developed strategic planning resources for provincial municipal associations and provides training to municipal staff and community experts.

  • Connects municipal staff from communities across the country through The Natural Step Exchange, providing a network to learn, share and connect with others while accelerating change toward sustainability.



Mark Allison
Centre for Sustainability
John Purkis
The Natural Step Canada