Solutions for Communities
A sustainable strategic approach to healthy, balanced communities
Sustainable infrastructure is a primary responsibility of community government. The Natural Step provides guidance for community leaders to create a strategically sustainable vision and assure long term health and viability.
Seeing issues and opportunities holistically, creates the foundation for integrated solutions. We help you communities identify innovative approaches to increasing energy and housing needs, alternative traffic management strategies, and guarantees for clean water supply. Business and government working together create a power force for this necessary change.
Since communities are complex and diverse systems with multiple stakeholders and agendas, there are often many interpretations of sustainability and very different ideas about how best to achieve it. The Natural Step provides a clear, compelling, science-based definition of sustainability and a strategic planning framework to help communities make smart decisions that will move them step-by-step towards a successful and sustainable future.
Our planning framework, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, has been tested by complex communities by integrating government and private sector. The systems approach to problem solving helps our partners understand and coordinate how daily decisions can support the larger system in which we all live.
The Natural Step offers a variety of approaches for help municipalities and their broader communities prepare and move strategically toward sustainability. We customize education and training programs to fit budgets and make the best use of the tools, and talents already in place.
As a network, we also provide access to peers in other communities, and to documentation from similar projects to capitalize on best practices and lessons learned. Government projects done in collaboration with the business community can been especially effictive.