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Municipalities for Green Mobility Project Update

In 2009, the TRAX Project of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and the Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) are spearheading Municipalities for Green Mobility, a project in which EAC and CEU have partnered with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Windsor and the Town of Annapolis Royal. The specific goal of this project is to help these municipalities include sustainable transportation best practices in their Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). By 2010, all municipalities in Canada must complete an ICSP to be eligible for funds from the federal gas tax pot. The ICSP process requires municipalities to create a 30-year community vision that addresses environmental, social, cultural and economic issues and to identify specific actions that achieve this vision. Therefore, ICSPs provide municipalities with an opportunity to advance sustainable transportation within a long-term planning framework.

The gas tax funds can be used for infrastructure projects, such as public transit, walking trails and drinking water treatment, that meet the federal government criteria of clean air, clean water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

For each of our three partner municipalities, EAC and CEU facilitated public workshops to involve local residents in defining sustainable transportation goals for their areas.  Based on these workshops and our own research, EAC and CEU developed a Green Mobility report for each municipality, including recommendations to council. We presented the following reports and our recommendations to the respective municipal councils.

Annapolis Royal

Windsor

District of Lunenburg

Stay tuned for the Municipalities for Green Mobility Toolkit, which will incorporate the lessons learned from our work with Annapolis Royal, Windsor and District of Lunenburg. This toolkit will inspire people to take action and inform planning and decision-making on sustainable transportation. It will be developed for use by all municipalities in Nova Scotia.