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City Council Unanimously Adopts EarthWise Plan


October 7, 2008 – City Council unanimously adopted the EarthWise Thunder Bay Community Environmental Action Plan last evening.   

"I am proud of this Plan that represents the work of countless community members who, like me, value our high quality of life and spectacular natural environment," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "While its adoption is an important first step, the success of the Plan will require everyone to join us on the journey towards sustainability. Together, we will strive for a healthy community that is clean, green, beautiful and proud!"

"Over the last four years, we have successfully engaged residents in determining a long-term vision for a sustainable municipality," said Sarah Kerton, EarthWise Coordinator. "The EarthWise Plan coincides with a number of the City's strategic initiatives and positions Thunder Bay as a progressive leader in environmental management and performance."

Municipalities across Canada are developing action plans aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting healthy, sustainable communities. 

"This is a proud moment for the many community members who have contributed to this effort," said Charles Campbell, Chair of EarthWise. "We are well along the path that many communities are just starting down." 

The EarthWise Plan is a comprehensive document reflecting the input of local citizens from all sectors, and addresses a number of community issues from active transportation to food, to water and land use. The plan provides practical suggestions for actions citizens can take at home and its systems-based approach puts Thunder Bay at the leading edge of sustainability planning. The EarthWise Plan will serve as a guiding document for decision-making within the community for years to come.     

The Plan can be viewed online at: www.earthwisethunderbay.com. A public launch of the Plan is being planned for the near future.

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Contact: Sarah Kerton, Community Environment Action Plan Coordinator, 625-2411 or skerton@thunderbay.ca