Waterford, Michigan -- The W5 Sustainability Partnership will hold a final stakeholder meeting to present the highlights of its study to participants and interested residents and business owners on Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkley Public Safety Department, second floor conference room, 3338 Coolidge Highway, Berkley.
Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, launched the partnership to examine sustainability issues. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected based on their history of collaboration. The partnership engaged a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health and educational institutions. The goal is to develop a plan to help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.
The leaders of the W5 cities, city staff, advisory committee members and community stakeholders cooperatively developed a set of outcomes and indicators to define and measure local sustainability. Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive while preparing for the prosperity of future generations by balancing environmental, economic and community concerns. The communities used citizen feedback on existing and potential future actions the community can take independent of local government to address the economy, community and environment. Identified through the study are a series of “city lead” and “community lead” actions and a set of indicators to measure progress.
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is providing $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.
For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page “Oakland County Sustainability.” http://www.facebook.com/sustainplan or http://www.advantageoakland.com/CPHA/Pages/default.aspx.