“Sustainable development is development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”-Brundtland, 1987; Our Common Future, The World Commission on Environment and Development.

At a community level Sustainability involves the integration of systems, methods and materials with education, policy, planning and regulation to ensure long term viability.  It is about preventing or mitigating harm of our natural environment and depletion of resources.  Sustainable communities address social, economic and environmental issues with coordinated, strategic approaches.

In the spring of 2007 Nova Scotia`s Environmental Goals and SustainableProsperity Act was passed.  This Act outlines a number of goals the province set to become recognized internationally as one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world.  Local government plays an important role in this happening.

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan and a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan.

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