About the CSP

Cochrane residents showed their commitment to a sustainable future when they launched the Cochrane Sustainability Plan (CSP) project in the spring of 2008. The goal was to create a roadmap to a sustainable future that would guide the town for the next 50 years.

Cochrane Sustainability PlanOver 500 Cochrane residents shared their dreams for a brighter future, participating in visioning events and meetings across the community and taking part in a survey designed to understand what they appreciated about Cochrane, and how they want it to evolve.

The four questions were:

What do you value about Cochrane?

What changes would you most like to see?

What are your hopes and dreams for Cochrane in the next 50 years?

How can you help make this happen?

A Citizen Advisory Group, comprised of community volunteers committed to sustainability, used the answers to these questions to form the foundation of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan. Action Groups were formed to provide clear action towards the vision for the community. Over six months, 64 individuals contributed more than 700 hours of their time to the development of the CSP.

In total, six Action Groups focused on the key pillars:

  • Built Environment
  • Culture
  • Economy
  • Governance
  • Natural Environment
  • Social

The efforts and commitment of volunteers led to the Vision for a sustainable Cochrane, a series of sustainability principles, goals (Pathways to the Future) and an implementation framework.

In 2009, the complete Cochrane Sustainability Plan was released. The community is now working together to achieve its Vision and Pathways to the Future.

The plan is available for download here.