November 15, 2007
Media Release

York Region Sustainability Strategy adopted by Regional Council

Impacts on the economy, community and environment must be considered
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today adopted the final version of the York Region Sustainability Strategy, a new approach to decision-making that better integrates economic, community and environmental objectives.
“The York Region Sustainability Strategy represents a milestone in our journey towards forging a legacy of integrated, innovative and collaborative decision-making,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Our strategy will help position York Region as a leader in sustainability-based governance.”
The framework is founded on nine principles: a long-term vision, triple-bottom line evaluation, leadership, continuous improvement, adaptation, innovation, resiliency, awareness and shared responsibility.
“York Regional Council already has a strong foundation for sustainability,” said the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee Chair James Young, Mayor of the Town of East Gwillimbury.  “Our strategy builds on York Region Transit and Viva Rapid Transit, the Water for Tomorrow conservation program, the Greening Strategy, Centres and Corridors and energy efficient regional facilities.”
The strategy includes more than 100 actions, with half already underway.  The actions are organized under the themes: Corporate Culture of Sustainability, Healthy Communities, Economic Vitality, Sustainable Natural Environment, Education, Engagement and Partnerships, and Implementation and Monitoring.
York Region consulted with Regional stakeholders, partners and members of the public to make sure that people support the strategy.  Based on public input, the strategy was revised with a clearer vision statement and was strengthened in areas such as human services, agriculture, energy, engagement and implementation.
Based on the consultation, York Region developed a list of actions to begin right away, as follows:
1. Complete Sustainable Infrastructure Master Plan Updates that are integrated with the Natural Heritage System and the Growth Management Strategy
2. Provide incentives for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) developments in the Regional Centres and Corridors
3. Update the Natural Heritage System policies
4. Initiate a corporate dialogue on sustainability leadership and building a corporate culture of sustainability
5. Establish a Sustainability Training Program for regional employees
6. Develop an implementation plan for each action including specific steps, outcomes and responsibilities
York Region’s website – – provides information on the Region’s Sustainability initiative as well as opportunities to submit online feedback.  Click on the “Planning for Tomorrow” icon on the main page for more information, or email your comments or questions to
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