Sustainability is not just about protecting the environment. It is about providing a quality of life for future generations that equally considers economic viability and social equity, along with the environment. Resiliency is the ability to absorb stresses and maintain functions, in addition improving sustainability in the face of those stresses.
Increasingly, communities in Southeast Minnesota are discussing sustainability and resiliency to incorporate both into their planning efforts. Planning is the process of engaging and collecting citizen feedback to create a vision for the future. It incorporates values to provide long-range goals that will guide future activities of local government.
This article explores various approaches taken by Faribault, Rochester, Red Wing, and Northfield to incorporate sustainability and resiliency in some of their recent planning work. You can also see the recording and slides from a workshop with city staff from each community.