Best Practices Scan of Sustainability Decision Making and Planning for the Municipal Sector

Under the Federal Gas Tax Agreement, municipalities are required to develop an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) to accelerate the shift in local planning and decision making toward a more long-term, coherent and participatory approach. An ICSP is a strategic business plan for the community that identifies short, medium, and long term actions for implementation, tracks and monitors progress, and is reviewed and revised regularly.

In preparation for the development of its ICSP, the City of Saskatoon, Canada asked The Natural Step to perform a scan of the best practices of leading municipalities with respect to integrating sustainability into governance and decision making.

This document contains excerpts from The Natural Step’s Best Practices Report.