An important part of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network is designing and testing the process of creating a community sustainability roadmap for a neighborhood cluster. This process involves engaging residents from schools, businesses, and churches in a selected cluster to create a community action plan for specific sustainability initiatives.
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Sustainability Roadmap Process
September - November 2013
Session I: VISIONING The first community gathering to create an Austin Sustainability Roadmap to foster healthy business districts and neighborhoods was convened at the Columbus Park Refectory September 4, 2013, One hundred residents talked about their hopes and dreams for the future of the Ward and community answering, “What do you want to see in place by 2015? What are the values that are behind this vision? What do you imagine would make this community more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable?”
Session II: RECOMMENDED ACTIONS At the Shriners Hospitals for Children October 2nd, residents selfselected the topic they had most passion about implementing from the vision. They considered how they could support Austin assets and potential actions to realize their vision.
Two representatives from each of the eight areas met October 23rd at the North Avenue Branch Library to review the draft and envision action planning and implementation in 2014.
Session III: PRIORITY FOCUS Residents reviewed and revised their action areas. Then they focused on the top three priorities for 2014 action to realize a healthier and more resilient community.
In 2014 the team leaders of each of the action areas are meeting monthly with Alderman Deborah Graham to report on their implementation progress, share information, and revise their plans as needed.