Air quality, affordable housing among topics at sustainability forum

Comox Valley Sustainability Forum, May 24 at the FIlberg Centre

Chimney smoke is one contributor to the Comox Valley’s notoriously poor air quality. File photo

Chimney smoke is one contributor to the Comox Valley’s notoriously poor air quality. File photo

To meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability, some communities’ decisions are made in a reactive, chop and change manner.

In the long run, this approach often fails to protect the municipality’s assets from damage and results in local government missing out on key partnerships and funding opportunities.

On the other hand, proactive municipal decision-making implements a clear, integrated, short and long-term planning strategy, designed specifically to meet the challenges of a community thoughtfully, efficiently and effectively.

On Thursday, May 24, CV Global Awareness Network, the CV Council of Canadians and Imagine Comox Valley invite you to a sustainability forum to hear more about the possibility of reaching sustainable solutions to current local issues and problems.

The evening will begin with an introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, followed with an overview of the Sustainability Strategy, the Regional Growth Strategy and the Official Community Plans and why these matter to the well-being of our Comox Valley communities.

Five local speakers will present information on a range of issues from valuing eco-assets, food security and air quality, to affordable housing and increasing energy efficiency in new construction. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.

This forum will address what is currently taking place in the Valley and how we can move toward sustainable solutions for our community.

Everyone is invited to attend the Comox Valley Sustainability Forum on May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.

For free tickets, visit bit.ly/2FWTX8f or call 778-992-0102.