Sustainability Principles

When developing the 30 year vision in phase two of the plan, the Citizens Advisory Group created sustainability principles to ensure the vision reflected the community’s core values. The principles build on the five pillars, or dimensions, of sustainability proposed by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association as lenses for evaluating all our actions: environment, economy, social, culture and governance.

The principles will serve a checklist against which we can gauge progress towards sustainability.

Principles of Sustainability

Environment - we will know our vision for the environment is sustainable if it supports these principles:

Respecting the natural environment and resources by meeting the needs of the present without compromising the long-term viability for future generations

Sustaining and celebrating the natural heritage and biodiversity of the region

Minimizing our ecological footprint in all aspects of the environment

Minimizing the impact of human development on the environment

Economy - we will know our vision for the economy is sustainable if it supports these three principles:

Actively pursuing opportunities for diversification   

Managing balanced growth to sustain a vibrant economy   

Promoting and encouraging regional business partnerships   

Strengthening our role as a regional hub

Recognizing the value of our existing business community

Social - we will know our vision for social well-being is sustainable if it supports these principles:

Ensuring the needs of citizens are realized through effective programs and services

Upholding and building a safe community for all citizens

Fostering inclusion of all members of society

Supporting opportunities and environments to encourage social interaction

Encouraging healthy and active lifestyles

Culture - we will know our vision regarding culture is sustainable if it supports these principles:

Preserving and celebrating the historical heritage of the region

Advancing and promoting Hinton as a regional leader for arts and culture through learning, performing and the promotion of    local art and artists

Attracting visiting visual and performing artists

Celebrating the diversity of cultures in the region

Governance - we will know our vision for governance is sustainable if it supports these principles:

Providing proactive leadership that is transparent and collaborative

Providing fiscally responsible and accountable leadership

Ensuring that programs and services support the changing needs of the community through partnerships and collaboration

Supporting and advancing civic engagement