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Sustainability Committee

One of the four goals of Canton’s Community Action Plan, adopted in 2011, is to “strengthen Canton’s future through sustainable development.” In the plan the steering committee states that “the current generation of Canton citizens should meet its needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs as well. “ Among the recommended actions of this goal was to develop a Sustainability Committee, which could then pursue and oversee some of the objectives of the goal.

To this end, Canton’s Sustainability was established in the spring of 2014. Sean Morrissey, a student participating on St. Lawrence University’s Sustainability Semester, undertook the coordination of the new committee as the community-based learning (CBL) component of his semester. Working with Village Trustee Carol Pynchon, Morrissey gathered names of prospective committee participants and outlined plans for getting the committee off the ground.

The first meeting was held on April 22, 2014 – appropriately, Earth Day. At the meeting, Sean explained that “ the purpose of the committee will be to address the recommendations outlined within the Canton Community Action Plan under Objective 7, as well as educate and make aware the citizens of Canton the importance of the committee’s work. The committee will act as an example, demonstrating that Canton takes seriously the ecological, social, and economical aspects of sustainability. Furthermore, as a guiding principle, the Sustainability Committee will work to make resources and solutions available for all citizens regardless of socioeconomic conditions.

Resolution Establishing Sustainability Committee

Participants

Bill Brown
Ben Dixon
Carol Gable
Louise Gava
Richard Grover
Phil LaMarche
Mike Lawrence
Sean Morrissey
Bill Palmer
Klaus Proem
Carol Pynchon
Cathy Shrady
David Smith
Tom Van de Water
Bob Washo
Doug Welch

Subcommittees

Following several information-gathering meetings, the committee broke into the following sub-committees to further explore and define issues and priorities:

Food/Ag

Tom Van de Water*
Carol Pynchon
Cathy Shrady
Sean Morrissey
Bob Washo
Doug Welch
Ben Dixon

Transportation

Richard Grover *
Bill Brown
Bill Palmer
Ben Dixon

Energy/Housing

Carol Gable*
Louise Gava
Doug Welch
Bill Palmer
David Smith
Mike Lawrence
Ben Dixon

*Convenor