Sustainability is the idea that everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sustainability Action Plan (SAP)

The City is currently working on its first Sustainability Action Plan! The objective of the SAP is to provide a broad and comprehensive perspective on community sustainability and is intended to address environmental, economic, and social equity goals. The plan will consider interrelated issues such as climate change, population change, land use, infrastructure, natural resource management, quality of life, public health, and economic development. You can help shape the SAP by visiting the project website at or scanning the QR code. The website has three kQR Codeey features: information on the December 9th, 2021 Public Workshop taking place at the Council Chambers inside City Hall (555 S Washington Ave); Online Survey; and an Idea Wall where you can interact with other members of the community to discuss Sustainability.

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What is Sustainability?

The goal of sustainability, as described by the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is to "create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations. There are three core pillars of sustainability: Environmental Protection, Sustainable Economic Development, and Social Equity. Venn Diagram of the three pillars of Sustainability.