Mark your calendars for the Sustainability Plan series of meetings. Each meeting will focus on topics relating to sustainability and how the City should address those topics in the plan. The objective is to develop a description of success, identify assets and current realities, and identify challenges for each of the topic areas. Stay tuned for more information.
September 27: Kick-off Meeting
October 8: Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction; Synergies with other Plans
October 25: Ecology, Biodiversity, and Public Health; Education and Outreach
November 5: Economic Prosperity
September 27, 2012-Kick-off Meeting
Members of the community participated in activates to synthesize the City's vision of sustainability. While there are a lot of other definitions of sustainability floating around out there, it is important to determine what is right for this community as we develop a sustainability plan. The activities included envisioning the City at least 10 years in the future, running smoothly and accomplishing goals--the task was to imagine what a local reporter would write about Dunwoody's success. What are the headlines? What vocabulary is used? What does the article convey?
After participants reported what they thought they would like to see in the paper and it was recorded for everyone to read, they received green dots to identify their priorities among the ideas listed. Some of the top concepts are below:
- Revitalize Parks and Recreation with gardens, bike racks/routes, paths, nature
- Water reclamation, in Schools Government, and Apartments-stormwater collection
- Model for urban agriculture, model for green retrofits, clean air and water
Next, the group identified categories the Plan could address that would help the City achieve the possible vision concepts from the previous exercise. Some popular categories were transportation, energy efficiency, and preservation of the natural environment. Staff has reviewed those category ideas and has developed a list to inform the future Plan meetings and the overall structure of the Plan. The following categories and subcategories are proposed to be discussed at each of the subsequent meetings.
October 8, 2012 Meeting
We would love your input! Please download the following files, and submit to the City so your vision may be incorporated into the Plan.
Natural Resources Current Realities Worksheet
Natural Resouces Assets Worksheet
Natural Resources Success Worksheet
Vision Statements Worksheet
Resource Conservation & Waste Reduction
- Green Building
Members of the community in attendance at the meeting discussed how they thought the current reality of Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction measured in the City. Several respondents indicated that there was a lack of regulations and bylaws in the City that have “teeth.” An additional concern is regarding the negative impacts from climate change, as well as associated stormwater issues.
The group was able to define a plethora of assets, as the Dunwoody community is a testament to sound policy, access to resources, and other aspects that preserve and protect the quality of life in the community. While the list of assets was numerous, some of the most prevalent responses included: the Dunwoody Nature Center and all it has to offer (location with natural resources, dedicated staff, and a master plan of their own); access to a number of community recycling drop-offs, as well as free recycling from DeKalb County; the community gardens; intellectual capital (libraries, internet, and environmental blogs); numerous community organizations (e.g.: DHA, Eagle Scouts, etc); Dunwoody Sustainability Commission; and policy and leadership from City Council.
Descriptions of Success
The most common response to what would best define success in the area of Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction was overwhelmingly that community members and visitors act as stewards of the natural environment. A couple other popular responses were that the City provide continual learning about natural areas and species informs appropriate restoration and protection efforts and the broad applicability of sustainability-focused ordinances.
- Green Space
Synergies with other plans was also discussed as a priority of this Plan. While the Sustainability Plan will not readdress policy recommendations and assessments from the Transportation and Green Space Plans, there are opportunities to expound upon the work that has already been completed by the community and integrate it into the sustainability program.
October 25, 2012 Meeting
Ecology, Biodiversity, & Public Health
- Urban Agriculture
Education & Outreach
November 5, 2012 Meeting
- Green Businesses
- Local Sourcing
Sustainability Literature Review
09-27-12 Kick-Off Meeting Presentation
10-08-12 Meeting Presentation