Community sustainability aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to live and prosper. Climate trends suggest that in the next 50 years, Missouri will experience increased precipitation, hotter summers, and more severe weather events. Such change can damage infrastructure, disrupt services, drain resources, and impact a City’s ability to respond to emergencies.
Sustainable communities can be described as places where:
- The needs of everyone in the community are met, and people feel safe and secure
- The environment is appreciated, protected, and enhanced
- Energy, water, and natural resources are used thoughtfully and efficiently
- Healthy food, clean water, clean air, and community resources are accessible to all
We understand that economic, environmental, and social issues are interrelated and should be addressed holistically. Resourceful efforts will be made to ensure sustainability and resiliency through the City’s ability to respond, adapt, and thrive in the face of environmental, social, and economic changes.
Through our Ignite Comprehensive Planning Efforts, we will explore how to:
- Balance economic, social, cultural, and environmental interests
- Minimize the impacts of climate change
- Continue to provide resilient and reliable community services
The Ignite Foresight Hub will provide important information and potential strategies to help the community answer these questions.