Sustainability Initiative

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
In 2010, the district embarked on a process and created an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) that Council approved in February 2012. Highlands’ ICSP espoused fundamental values and future visions regarding sustainability for the community. It also created a looping feedback / monitoring system using indicators by which to measure the district’s progress of its own sustainability goals. To bring the values and vision of the ICSP to the forefront of district policy and decision-making, the Official Community Plan (OCP) needs to be brought into alignment with the ICSP. On March 18, 2013, Council received a proposed amendment for alignment with Highlands' ICSP.

Check out the following related documentation:
Living Building Presentation
Ann and Gord Baird attending the Committee of the Whole (CoTW) meeting on April 23, 2012 and gave a presentation on the Living Building Challenge. View or download the Living Building Presentation

Highlands Sustainability Group on Facebook
Facebook group has been formed for Highlanders to share ideas, experiences, and thoughts, with lots of how-to information. Topics include local food and water, bees, maintenance, farm animals, climate change, sustainable energy alternatives, native birds and plants, composting, art, music, biodiesel, gardening, kids, heritage, lake stewardship, invasive Species, and anything else related to sustainability. The group has also been used as a networking tool to arrange carpooling, hikes, work parties, crop trading and sharing, and social events. It may also prove useful in emergencies. The group is only available to Highlands residents and cannot be viewed by non-members. For more information, contact Ann Baird.