History of the Imagine Invermere Sustainability Plan

How did we create the ICSP for Invermere?

There is no single way to develop an ICSP, and communities all tackle it slightly differently. However, for Invermere, we chose a process that has been used to successfully create ICSPs in other communities (see Resources for more info). Further, it is a very intuitive process – one that we can each use every day in our planning. Simply put, the basic steps that were used to develop our ICSP include:

  • Establishing a shared AWARENESS of the relevance of sustainability to our community.
  • Creating a shared community-wide VISION for the future. The community was invited to develop and articulate the Descriptions of Success that define a successful and sustainable Invermere.
  • Understanding our CURRENT REALITY and the gap that exists between it and our vision. This is a reality check to see what our community’s situation is today in terms of challenges, assets and existing policies and programs.
  • Identifying and prioritizing ACTIONS that move our community from our current reality towards our vision for the future. Once actions are identified, an implementation strategy can be developed.
  • Establishing a MONITORING SYSTEM to track performance and report the results on a regular basis. An effective monitoring system can measure progress, as well as communicate success to the community.
  • Establishing an ONGOING PROCESS for continuous improvement that includes reviewing results and planning the next actions.
  • Developing DECISION-MAKING TOOLS that align the municipality and community organizations with the visions and sustainability principles of the ICSP.

Who was involved?

1. Everyone! You!

A successful ICSP is created through effective public participation. We worked with the public to ensure that your concerns and aspirations for the future are reflected and will provide feedback on how the public influenced the decision.


2. Community Sustainability Action Team (CSAT)

The CSAT is the ‘advisory committee’ for the ICSP and its members represented the community’s interests in the project. While the community was engaged in reviewing and providing feedback on process documents through two public events and online opportunities, it was the CSAT that provides the guidance and the heavy lifting on an ongoing basis.

We would like to thank our CSAT members for committing their time and passion for this community to the development and implementation of the ICSP.

3. Staff
Municipal staff also had an important role in the ICSP process from start to finish. Their responsibilities included:

  • Creation of CSAT and participation in CSAT meetings
  • Author and distribute communications material to Council, local outlets, website, social media
  • Facilitate and participate in public events
  • Review draft documents and information
  • Provide input at all stages of the process
  • Implement identified actions


4. Council
Council’s responsibilities included:

  • Adopt ICSP as community’s highest level policy
  • Champion and incorporate sustainability decision-making into operations
  • Lead by example

5. ICSP Process Consultants

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability was responsible for providing professional expertise and guidance throughout the development of the ICSP. They took the results of the work with the CSAT, and input from the community to draft the ICSP for Council approval.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.

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