Sustainable development is development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” ~ Brundtland Report, 1987
In order for a community to become more sustainable it has to continually adjust to meet the social and economic needs of its residents while preserving the environment’s ability to support it. Efforts consists of a long-term and integrated systems approach to developing and achieving a health community by balancing environmental, economic, social, and cultural issues.
Creating a sustainable community includes turning “wastes” into resources (e.g., recycling), improving efficiency with regard to energy and materials, converting to greater reliance on renewable energy sources, increasing community self-reliance (e.g. food and energy production), and sustainable management of natural resources (e.g. water conservation).
Communities are on the front line when it comes to building a more sustainable future. By taking actions to improve and make decisions that enhance social, economic and environmental well-being, communities can help to build a more sustainable world, which includes a future where our needs are met in a manner that protects the earth’s living systems; ensures clean air, land and water; prevents dangerous climate change; and provides for a safe and just global community.
Corner Brook has many initiatives that not only make Corner Brook the hub of Western Newfoundland, but also the catalyst and center of commerce, government, health care, industry and other development and therefore sustainability for the western region.
Sustainable Development Initiatives
The following sustainable development initiatives are already underway in the City:
- The City has implemented upgrades to the public transit system in an effort to increase ridership.
- Corner Brook Transit riders can now access route information on Google Maps!
- The City joined the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) in 2006, a framework used to guide municipal governments in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- We are the first in the province to legislate limits on curbside residential garbage.
- We are the first in the province to implement a voluntary ban of cosmetic pesticides.
- We have established a municipal vehicle anti-idling policy.
- We have established no-smoking and scent free policies.
- We are the first in the province to introduce a ban on cardboard entering our landfill.
- We have established a residential curbside recycling collection program with recent upgrades that include the acceptance of boxboard.
- Almost all traffic lights have been converted to more environmentally friendly LED (light emitting diode) technology.
- The City has converted its community Christmas tree lights to LED lights and has a goal to convert its decorative seasonal lights to LED.
- The new City Hall is certified silver under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) international green building rating system. Green features include low emitting building materials, geothermal heating, a green roof, encelium lighting, and a Windows on the World (WOW) system that tells residents exactly how much energy is being conserved.
- The City has the addition of two hybrid vehicles in its fleet.
- We have implemented several waste diversion programs to reduce the waste entering Wild Cove Landfill.
- We have added new recycling containers to the downtown area as a way of promoting recycling in our public spaces.
- We have an E-Waste Collection to collect and divert electronics from entering the landfill.
- We have implemented a Voluntary Residential Water Meter Pilot Program as part of a water conservation strategy.
- The City of Corner brook is one of the first municipalities in Atlantic Canada to incorporate Integrated Municipal Sustainability Planning (IMSP) measures into a municipal planning policy and regulatory framework.
- We have invested in active transportation with the development of a new Bikeway Network throughout the City.
- The City is completing the second phase of a District Energy Feasibility Study.
- We support local projects such as the Farmer’s Market and Community Garden.
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Sustainable Development in Corner Brook
We are home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (a campus of memorial University) and the College of the North Atlantic. Both colleges have established and successful environmental programs. The Environmental Policy Unit (EPU) is a new initiative at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University. The EPU’s main objective is to research and facilitate debate on environmental policy issues within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is also a partner of the Centre of Environmental Excellence. This partnership among business, government, and centres of higher education aims to provide long-term economic and social benefits to the province.
Corner Brook also has several junior and senior school environmental education initiatives in our local schools.
An active Western Environment Coalition, an established Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador, addresses forest management activities in the province.
The Corner Brook Stream Development Corporation partners with other organizations to develop and maintain an active walking trail and other leisure infrastructure.
The Western Environment Centre (WEC) is a charitable non-profit grassroots organization that focuses on environmental education and have spearheaded many sustainable community projects including the Farmer’s Market and Community Garden.
Corner Brook is home to the Humber Arm Environmental Association, a site of the Atlantic Coastal Action program (ACAP). This program develops and implements coastal and environmental initiatives. Its focus is primarily on best practices for municipal sewage treatment.