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Agency report
Sustainable communities and land use: committee reports of the Round Table on Sustainable Developement

Extent: 34 p., 173K, PDF 3.0
Description: Offers innovative advice and direction for communities wanting to invest in their long-term prosperity
Date: July 23, 1998
Subject(s): Environmental policy; Sustainable development
Creator(s): Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Sustainable development initiative
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency)

Sustainable Communities adds a new dimension to traditional economic and community development practices by providing a clear, full picture of what it takes for a place to thrive over time.

From the diverse Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis to the famously chilly northern Minnesota town of Embarrass, cities, towns and counties throughout the state are recognizing that their environmental, economic and social concerns are fundamentally interdependent. They are increasingly aware that commerce and all other forms of human activity depend on healthy natural systems and renewable natural resources, that to degrade the environment is to diminish the true source of wealth.

Whether it's fostering local businesses that add value to renewable resources, citizen-driven planning that shapes a community's future, or environmental projects that enhance a community's livability and economic attractiveness, this report is dedicated to improving the ability of Minnesotaís communities to manage change. A measure of the documentís success will be the number of communities that begin using a model of progress that is restorative and sustainable.

The Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development was a diverse group of 30 business, environmental and community leaders appointed by Governor Arne H. Carlson to consider how Minnesotans can safeguard their long-term environmental, economic and social well-being.

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