FAQs

What is the Cochrane Sustainability Plan?

Launched in the spring of 2008, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan is a community project designed to help create a brighter future for Cochrane. The plan was created, led and owned by the community, with supporting resources coming from the Town of Cochrane.
By talking to citizens and learning their hopes and dreams, the sustainability plan process helped create a blueprint for Cochrane’s future.  Citizen input helped shape a plan that will help steer Cochrane’s development for the next 50 years, building individual and collective success.

You can download a copy of the plan here.


What is sustainability?

Sustainability is about meeting our needs today, but in a way that doesn’t limit the opportunity for future generations to meet their own needs.  When we talk about sustainability throughout the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, we’re focusing on three things:

Think long term. The plan allows us to get creative, think about big, long-term trends and help us think about how future Cochranites will be able to live here.

Look at the whole. The plan addresses all elements of life in Cochrane – how we build our community, our economy, our culture, how we govern ourselves, our natural environment and how we connect and support one another.  Understanding Cochrane this way helps us understand how we relate to our region and ultimately our world.

See the connections. Things that happen in Cochrane are connected.  Our culture influences our economy.  How we build the community influences our natural environment. How we relate to each other influences how we make decisions.  Understanding these connections will help us meet our needs as a community now and in the future.


What does the Plan address?

Building on what Cochrane residents value most about their community, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan outlines a shared, long-term vision for the entire community.  The plan is focused on six key elements of the community – social, cultural, economic, the natural environment, the built environment, and our governance systems. The 13 Pathways in the plan help outline where we are at as a community, where we want to go – and how we can work together to get there.

The 13 Pathways to the Future are:

  1. We are a socially responsible and empowered community.
  2. We treat water as a precious resource.
  3. We use energy responsibly and innovatively.
  4. We contribute to the solution on climate change.
  5. We consume the bounty of our local economy.
  6. Our local economy is healthy and diverse.
  7. Everyone has an opportunity to pursue their potential in Cochrane.
  8. We are a caring community that lives and celebrates together.
  9. Everyone has a roof over their head
  10. There’s enough room for everything a community should have.
  11. Wherever you are in Cochrane, you’re close and connected.
  12. There are diverse options for getting around.
  13. We build Cochrane on the strengths of our natural and cultural heritage.

The Plan takes a systems approach that recognizes that we are all connected, and that by working together we can create a stronger, healthier community.

You can read more about the Pathways to the Future here.

How is the CSP helping Cochrane and its residents?
The Cochrane Sustainability Plan provides the community with a roadmap to the future by:

  • Providing a shared vision for the entire community
  • Increasing understanding of community issues and the connections between them
  • Focusing the community on effective and efficient actions
  • Improving understanding and trust throughout the community
  • Establishing widespread ownership and commitment to action

What is SPUR?

SPUR – Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources – is a non-profit community group dedicated to achieving a sustainable future for Cochrane.  Members are focused on building connections within the community, helping citizens find sustainable options and make sustainable choices.  Their goal to help realize the vision of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan.

How can I get involved?

Now that the plan is complete, it’s up to the residents of Cochrane to make the vision of the plan a reality.  Together we can all make the decisions that will create a sustainable community, including:

As a community plan, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan can be used in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Organizations can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan as a guide for their strategic planning
  • Businesses can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan to make decisions on their purchasing or delivery of goods and services
  • Schools can develop student programs that align with the direction of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan
  • Households can make decisions that contribute to the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, such as purchasing a rain barrel for their yard

Why is sustainability planning important?
Many communities across the globe are using sustainability planning to help create a brighter future.  Communities as diverse as Whistler, Durban, Olds, Portland, Calgary and Saint John have worked with citizens to create plans that will help their communities grow in a sustainable way.

By protecting and preserving the values that are important to them, communities are coming together to be intentional about creating the future they want.

“I applaud the Town of Cochrane for their work on the sustainability planning process to date.  The proposed methodology for Cochrane’s Sustainability Plan represents an exciting blending of best practices used in communities all over the world.  By taking this approach, Cochrane is positioning itself on the leading edge of sustainability planning and is setting the stage for creating a more sustainable future for your community.”
– Jane McRae, Director of Programs, PLUS Network, International Centre for Sustainable Cities.

What is the Cochrane Sustainability Plan?

Launched in the spring of 2008, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan is a community project designed to help create a brighter future for Cochrane. The plan was created, led and owned by the community, with supporting resources coming from the Town of Cochrane.
By talking to citizens and learning their hopes and dreams, the sustainability plan process helped create a blueprint for Cochrane’s future.  Citizen input helped shape a plan that will help steer Cochrane’s development for the next 50 years, building individual and collective success.

You can download a copy of the plan here (link to page).


What is sustainability?

Sustainability is about meeting our needs today, but in a way that doesn’t limit the opportunity for future generations to meet their own needs.  When we talk about sustainability throughout the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, we’re focusing on three things:

Think long term. The plan allows us to get creative, think about big, long-term trends and help us think about how future Cochranites will be able to live here.

Look at the whole.  The plan addresses all elements of life in Cochrane – how we build our community, our economy, our culture, how we govern ourselves, our natural environment and how we connect and support one another.  Understanding Cochrane this way helps us understand how we relate to our region and ultimately our world.

See the connections. Things that happen in Cochrane are connected.  Our culture influences our economy.  How we build the community influences our natural environment. How we relate to each other influences how we make decisions.  Understanding these connections will help us meet our needs as a community now and in the future.


What does the Plan address?

Building on what Cochrane residents value most about their community, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan outlines a shared, long-term vision for the entire community.  The plan is focused on six key elements of the community – social, cultural, economic, the natural environment, the built environment, and our governance systems. The 13 Pathways in the plan help outline where we are at as a community, where we want to go – and how we can work together to get there.

The 13 Pathways to the Future are:

  1. We are a socially responsible and empowered community.
  2. We treat water as a precious resource.
  3. We use energy responsibly and innovatively.
  4. We contribute to the solution on climate change.
  5. We consume the bounty of our local economy.
  6. Our local economy is healthy and diverse.
  7. Everyone has an opportunity to pursue their potential in Cochrane.
  8. We are a caring community that lives and celebrates together.
  9. Everyone has a roof over their head
  10. There’s enough room for everything a community should have.
  11. Wherever you are in Cochrane, you’re close and connected.
  12. There are diverse options for getting around.
  13. We build Cochrane on the strengths of our natural and cultural heritage.

The Plan takes a systems approach that recognizes that we are all connected, and that by working together we can create a stronger, healthier community.

You can read more about the Pathways to the Future here (link to Pathways page).

How is the CSP helping Cochrane and its residents?
The Cochrane Sustainability Plan provides the community with a roadmap to the future by:

  • Providing a shared vision for the entire community
  • Increasing understanding of community issues and the connections between them
  • Focusing the community on effective and efficient actions
  • Improving understanding and trust throughout the community
  • Establishing widespread ownership and commitment to action

What is SPUR?

SPUR – Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources – is a non-profit community group dedicated to achieving a sustainable future for Cochrane.  Members are focused on building connections within the community, helping citizens find sustainable options and make sustainable choices.  Their goal to help realize the vision of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan.

How can I get involved?

Now that the plan is complete, it’s up to the residents of Cochrane to make the vision of the plan a reality.  Together we can all make the decisions that will create a sustainable community, including:

  • Cochrane residents can sign on as Citizens of Sustainability, (link to page) pledging their commitment to a sustainable future.
  • Individuals can sign on as Ambassadors of Sustainability, (link to page), showing their support for sustainable options.
  • Businesses, organizations and community groups can register as a Champion of Sustainability, committing to sustainable decisions and initiatives in their operations.

As a community plan, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan can be used in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Organizations can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan as a guide for their strategic planning
  • Businesses can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan to make decisions on their purchasing or delivery of goods and services
  • Schools can develop student programs that align with the direction of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan
  • Households can make decisions that contribute to the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, such as purchasing a rain barrel for their yard


Why is sustainability planning important?
Many communities across the globe are using sustainability planning to help create a brighter future.  Communities as diverse as Whistler, Durban, Olds, Portland, Calgary and Saint John have worked with citizens to create plans that will help their communities grow in a sustainable way.

By protecting and preserving the values that are important to them, communities are coming together to be intentional about creating the future they want.

“I applaud the Town of Cochrane for their work on the sustainability planning process to date.  The proposed methodology for Cochrane’s Sustainability Plan represents an exciting blending of best practices used in communities all over the world.  By taking this approach, Cochrane is positioning itself on the leading edge of sustainability planning and is setting the stage for creating a more sustainable future for your community.”
– Jane McRae, Director of Programs, PLUS Network, International Centre for Sustainable Cities.

What is the Cochrane Sustainability Plan?

Launched in the spring of 2008, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan is a community project designed to help create a brighter future for Cochrane. The plan was created, led and owned by the community, with supporting resources coming from the Town of Cochrane.
By talking to citizens and learning their hopes and dreams, the sustainability plan process helped create a blueprint for Cochrane’s future.  Citizen input helped shape a plan that will help steer Cochrane’s development for the next 50 years, building individual and collective success.

You can download a copy of the plan here (link to page).


What is sustainability?

Sustainability is about meeting our needs today, but in a way that doesn’t limit the opportunity for future generations to meet their own needs.  When we talk about sustainability throughout the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, we’re focusing on three things:

Think long term. The plan allows us to get creative, think about big, long-term trends and help us think about how future Cochranites will be able to live here.

Look at the whole. The plan addresses all elements of life in Cochrane – how we build our community, our economy, our culture, how we govern ourselves, our natural environment and how we connect and support one another.  Understanding Cochrane this way helps us understand how we relate to our region and ultimately our world.

See the connections. Things that happen in Cochrane are connected.  Our culture influences our economy.  How we build the community influences our natural environment. How we relate to each other influences how we make decisions.  Understanding these connections will help us meet our needs as a community now and in the future.


What does the Plan address?

Building on what Cochrane residents value most about their community, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan outlines a shared, long-term vision for the entire community.  The plan is focused on six key elements of the community – social, cultural, economic, the natural environment, the built environment, and our governance systems. The 13 Pathways in the plan help outline where we are at as a community, where we want to go – and how we can work together to get there.

The 13 Pathways to the Future are:

  1. We are a socially responsible and empowered community.
  2. We treat water as a precious resource.
  3. We use energy responsibly and innovatively.
  4. We contribute to the solution on climate change.
  5. We consume the bounty of our local economy.
  6. Our local economy is healthy and diverse.
  7. Everyone has an opportunity to pursue their potential in Cochrane.
  8. We are a caring community that lives and celebrates together.
  9. Everyone has a roof over their head
  10. There’s enough room for everything a community should have.
  11. Wherever you are in Cochrane, you’re close and connected.
  12. There are diverse options for getting around.
  13. We build Cochrane on the strengths of our natural and cultural heritage.

The Plan takes a systems approach that recognizes that we are all connected, and that by working together we can create a stronger, healthier community.

You can read more about the Pathways to the Future here (link to Pathways page).

How is the CSP helping Cochrane and its residents?
The Cochrane Sustainability Plan provides the community with a roadmap to the future by:

  • Providing a shared vision for the entire community
  • Increasing understanding of community issues and the connections between them
  • Focusing the community on effective and efficient actions
  • Improving understanding and trust throughout the community
  • Establishing widespread ownership and commitment to action

What is SPUR?

SPUR – Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources – is a non-profit community group dedicated to achieving a sustainable future for Cochrane.  Members are focused on building connections within the community, helping citizens find sustainable options and make sustainable choices.  Their goal to help realize the vision of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan.

How can I get involved?

Now that the plan is complete, it’s up to the residents of Cochrane to make the vision of the plan a reality.  Together we can all make the decisions that will create a sustainable community, including:

  • Cochrane residents can sign on as Citizens of Sustainability, (link to page) pledging their commitment to a sustainable future.
  • Individuals can sign on as Ambassadors of Sustainability, (link to page), showing their support for sustainable options.
  • Businesses, organizations and community groups can register as a Champion of Sustainability, committing to sustainable decisions and initiatives in their operations.

As a community plan, the Cochrane Sustainability Plan can be used in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Organizations can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan as a guide for their strategic planning
  • Businesses can use the Cochrane Sustainability Plan to make decisions on their purchasing or delivery of goods and services
  • Schools can develop student programs that align with the direction of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan
  • Households can make decisions that contribute to the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, such as purchasing a rain barrel for their yard

Why is sustainability planning important?
Many communities across the globe are using sustainability planning to help create a brighter future.  Communities as diverse as Whistler, Durban, Olds, Portland, Calgary and Saint John have worked with citizens to create plans that will help their communities grow in a sustainable way.

By protecting and preserving the values that are important to them, communities are coming together to be intentional about creating the future they want.

“I applaud the Town of Cochrane for their work on the sustainability planning process to date.  The proposed methodology for Cochrane’s Sustainability Plan represents an exciting blending of best practices used in communities all over the world.  By taking this approach, Cochrane is positioning itself on the leading edge of sustainability planning and is setting the stage for creating a more sustainable future for your community.”
– Jane McRae, Director of Programs, PLUS Network, International Centre for Sustainable Cities.