Facing the Challenge:Strategies for a Green & Inclusive Recovery

"Inspiring thinking"
"Gives me a sense of possibility"

Since its launch two years ago, the Columbia Institute’s
successful forums Sustainable Communities, Leadership Matters and
Communities in Action brought together Mayors, Councillors and School
Trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues and
imagine creative ways to improve public policy. With the massive
economic change now taking place, there’s never been a more important
time to tackle the challenges facing our communities and devise
strategies that move toward sustainability and equity.

Workshops included:

*   Shaping the New Economy Panel –
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*   Workshops for a Green and
Sustainable Future – Click Here!
*   School Trustees Leading Change –
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*   Bringing Green Jobs to Your
Community – Click Here!
*   Focus on Small and Rural
Communities – Click Here!


Mayor Dieter Saloman, Europe’s Greenest Mayor

Dieter Salomon leads Freiburg, Germany, a city the size of Kitchener,
located farther north than Sault Ste Marie, that transformed itself
into the solar energy capital of the world. Using standard local
government tools like municipal leadership, community participation and
strategic investment, Freiburg built whole neighbourhoods of "zero
homes, cut garbage by 60%, created 400 renewable energy installations
and launched over 80 solar energy businesses, and in the process earned
a place at the vanguard of Germany’s booming solar energy industry.

Today Freiburg enjoys R&D investment as well as green jobs and
leads other cities in recreating its success in sustainability. Join
Mayor Salomon for a tour of how his City learned the benefits of green

Coming soon:

Photos and presentations from this highly succesful forum.  Send us your comments and links for inclusion in the forum follow-up and updates!


About Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.