What is the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Plan?
On June 4, 2012 the Decatur City Commission adopted the Environmental Sustainability Plan. The plan is a direct response to a charge from the people of the City of Decatur from the 2010 Strategic Plan (Task 12A). Decatur residents submitted hundreds of ideas of how Decatur can become even more environmentally responsible, and specifically tasked the government with creating a citywide plan to address these issues.
This plan was created as a joint effort between City of Decatur staff and the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB), with significant input from residents and members of the community over the course of a year.
The theme for the plan is “Decatur Grows Greener.” It envisions creating a community where our relationship with the environment will protect and enhance natural resources and ensure that future generations will be able to share in the benefits they provide. Our vision is ambitious, but it is not out of reach. Many steps toward sustainability have already been taken in this community. This plan outlines 12 goals and several strategies that Decatur should take to deepen our commitment to serving as good stewards of the environment and community resources. It provides guidance for current and future decision makers, City employees, committee members, residents, businesses, and organizations.
It is recognized that this plan will evolve with advancements in science and technology as well as community interest and that over time, new methods might become viable alternatives to reaching the same goals. An assessment will be conducted every 2 years by the Environmental Sustainability Board to ensure that the solutions outlined in the plan continue to remain viable.
NEW! The 2012 Environmental Sustainability Plan was formerly adopted by the Decatur City Commission on June 4, 2012. <Click HERE to view the final plan>
> Click HERE to view the second draft of the plan.
> Click HERE to view the first draft of the plan.
> Click HERE to submit your comments using the online comment card.
NEW! Tree Canopy Presentation
>Click HERE to view a presentation on the state of Decatur's tree canopy.
Our vision is ambitious, but it is not out of reach. This plan outlines the steps that Decatur should take to ensure a sustainable relationship with the natural environment. It provides guidance for current and future decision makers, City employees, committee members, residents, businesses, and organizations. We are fortunate to live in a city where many steps toward sustainability have already been taken. This plan sets goals and timelines to move us further along that path. The plan provides steps we can take to attain those goals, but recognizes that over time, other methods might be viable alternatives to reaching the same goals.
How Was This Plan Created?
|The members of the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) were instrumental in the development of this plan. Front row from left to right: Gary Garrett (chair), Steve Provost, K.C. Boyce, Ben Jordon. Back row from left to right: Tiffany Brott, Greg Coleson, Kristin Rowles, Jill Jordan, Antonio Leung,
This plan was created as a joint effort between City of Decatur staff and the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB). The process began by evaluating all current achievements, goals, and commitments related to environmental sustainability. Of specific note were elements from the 2010 Decatur Strategic Plan related to environmental sustainability. From this list, the members of the ESB worked directly with volunteers on various committees to identify opportunities for improvement.
If you have any questions or comments related to the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Plan, please contact:
Resource Conservation Coordinator