Building a sustainable community with active transportation, community gardens, and more.
Can Bridgewater and surrounding Lunenburg County become a model of a healthy, sustainable community? That’s what the town and its partners aim to do through its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. The vision outlines “solution areas” in energy, food, transportation, the economy, municipal infrastructure and education for sustainability.
“On food, active transportation and land use -- for instance, getting people walking more and driving less -- so much of what we do as planners is tied to improving our health,” says Eric Shaw, director of planning.
Local government, businesses, organizations and families are reshaping the town, with bicycle lanes, community gardens and solar panels on the town hall.
“A lot of our work on sustainability happens through partnerships,” says Leon de Vreede, Bridgewater’s sustainability planner. “I sit on a number of committees with educators, local business owners and organizations. What I find most exciting is that we’re preparing our community for a very different future than what we’ve being seeing in the last 20 or 30 years.”
Progress is due to committed officials, many partners, including South Shore Health, and a groundswell rising through the Community Sustainability Network. The network involves a website, events, and the collective efforts of Bridgewater’s citizens. Learn more at http://www.bridgewater.ca/sustainability/