State of Rossland Project
Ever wonder how your family’s water use compares to the Rossland average? Or how many kilometres of trails Rossland has compared to other resort municipalities? What about our average household electricity consumption? With the State of Rossland project you can find out!
The State of Rossland project reached several key milestones in 2010 and has been completed in 2011. Check out the new web version of the 2010 State of Rossland Report - Use the links at the bottom of the page to scroll through the report online.
Or download the complete pdf version of the 2011 State of Rossland Report.
Background for the State of Rossland Project
As part of the Strategic Sustainability Plan, the Visions to Action Sustainability Commission has been requested to establish a comprehensive sustainability monitoring program. The purpose of the State of Rossland project is to monitor and report on Rossland’s sustainability progress and the implementation of the Strategic Sustainability Plan.
In 2009, Rossland received funding from the Columbia Basin Trust to develop this sustainability monitoring program. The goal of the project was to develop a set of indicators to measure Rossland's progress towards sustainability and implementation of our Strategic Sustainability Plan. A key element of this was to develop a set of Rossland specific sustainability indicators based on public input, collect data for those indicators and prepare a State of Rossland Report. The report will then be updated every 3 to 6 years to provide us with the ability to analyze trends and track our progress towards sustainability.
The project proceeded in three key steps. In Step One, we developed a set of sustainability indicators. In Step Two, we collected the readily available data and prepared a 2010 State of Rossland Report and Website. Step Three will include a poster campaign, collecting community data regarding six indicators, and a community grading process in which you can tell us how Rossland is doing with regard to the 32 State of Rossland indicators.
Step One: Developing a Set of Indicators
Step One, developing a set of indicators, involved two key public events held in June 2009 and September 2009, followed by a public comment period and review of public input by the consultant and Sustainability Commission. Following the public consultation period, the Sustianability Commission developed a proposed set of indicators and submitted them to Council for approval.
Indicators Use and Development Workshop - June 24th, 2009
An Indicators Use and Development Workshop was held with key stakeholders in late June 2009 to gather their input with respect to how they might use indicators and who might provide information regarding indicators. The Power Point presentation, workshop package and workshop summary from that event are available below:
Indicators and Sustainability Monitoring Public Event - September 24th, 2009
The Indicators and Sustainability Monitoring Public Event was held on Thursday, September, 24th. The public event provided the residents with information on sustainability monitoring in other communities. Feedback was solicited from residents on a draft indicators package to determine what indicators residents believed we should utilize to measure our progress towards sustainability. The agenda and indicators package for the event are available below:
The public comment period on the draft indicators package remained open until the end of October 2009. The public comments were compiled and submitted to the Sustainability Commission with recommendations regarding a final set of indicators. The Sustainability Commission reviewed the results and prepared a final draft indictors package which was submitted to City Council for approval in early 2010. The final set of indicators was approved by City Council on February 22nd, 2010.
Step Two: Preparing a Draft State of Rossland Report
Based on the Final Indicators Package, data was collected by a consultant for the 25 of the 32 indicators for which pre-existing data was available from sources such as Statistics Canada, the City of Rossland and other agencies. A draft State of Rossland Report was prepared and presented to the Sustainability Commission for approval in September 2010. A beta version of this report was graphically designed and printed in preparation for Step Three. The web version of the report was prepared and is available on this site.
Step Three: State of Rossland Survey and Community Grading and Completion
Involved several key steps including:
- A Poster Campaign during December and January to highlight key findings of the State of Rossland Report;
- A State of Rossland Survey of Rossland residents to collect data on the 6 indicators for which public input is required; In total, 280 Rosslanders told us about their sense of community, volunteerism, satisfaction with downtown accessibility, exercise habits and satisfaction with governance. Thanks for your participation.
- A Community Grading process in which Rosslanders will be asked to evaluate how Rossland is doing with regard to the 32 State of Rossland indicators;
- Geospatial maps of three of the indicators;
- A Collaborative Plan for ongoing sustainability monitoring; and
- A Lessons Learned document.