Community Sustainability

Stepping Forward to Pursue a Sustainable Future

The United Counties has developed a Regional Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The four cornerstones of our ICSP are environment, economy, society and culture.

The United Counties worked with its member municipalities - Athens, Augusta, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Front of Yonge, Leeds and The Thousand Islands, Merrickville-Wolford, North Grenville, Rideau Lakes, and Westport - as well as partners Gananoque and Prescott to develop this plan.

What do you mean by Sustainability?

Our decisions "meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own." - The Brundtland Commission, 1987

What is an ICSP?

ICSP stands for Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. The four cornerstones of an ICSP are environment, economy, society and culture. An ICSP includes:

  • embrace a long-term view in its planning and be strategic in its implementation;
  • be broad in scope planning for, and moving towards sustainability in all four cornerstones - economic, social, cultural and environmental;
  • integrate various plans aligning actions governments, communities and organizations;
  • achieve results through collaboration beginning with planning and sustained through implementation; and,
  • implement and monitor a realistic program to ensure plans become useful and remain relevant over time.

What are the benefits of an ICSP to Leeds Grenville?

Ultimately, sustainability is about balance. The needs of a community are no longer considered as disconnected segments. A balanced or sustainable approach to decision making enhances our four community cornerstones - economic, social, cultural and environmental - by recognizing the full impacts of decisions in a way that supports the overall well-being of the community in a responsible fashion.

An ICSP enhances our sense of place. An ICSP is an important tool for promoting a sustainable approach at both the municipal and community level.



Leeds Grenville ICSP logo


View the Final Report

Download the Final Report document in pdf format (9MB) - dated Dec. 20, 2012


Download the Process Report document in pdf format (9MB) - dated Nov 22, 2012


View Phase 1 Report in pdf format (10 MB)


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