Sessions focus on sustainability

A local organization wants anyone running for elected office to consider sustainability

A local organization wants anyone running for elected office to consider sustainability.

The Sustainable Environment Network Society will hold a number of sessions for the public and candidates for Vernon mayor and council.

“With civic municipal elections Nov. 15, we all need to plan ahead to ensure that the best candidates represent us,” said Julia Lissau, secretary-treasurer. “Who will best serve all of us with decisions that have a positive impact long into the future?”

On Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schubert Centre, there will be a public information session on city governance and infrastructure.

The theme will be community development and it will be led by Kim Flick, City of Vernon community development manager.

“She will help you understand our official community plan and the principals behind it that ensure our community can continue to develop without having an increasing impact on our surroundings. SENS will then speak on how information presented relates to the upcoming election,” said Lissau.

“Whether you vote in Vernon or in a close-by municipality, come out and learn so you can ask searching questions of local candidates.”

On Oct. 4 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Church, there will be a planning session to learn from and with other citizens who wish to make a positive impact in this community.

“They’ll ask, ‘How can we work together to become a more resilient, lower-energy community?’” said Lissau. “What ideas do you have about how we can meet future needs for food transportation, housing, local economy, alternative energy, conservation of the environment and more?”

For more information, go to www.transitionnetwork.org. RSVP to attend at VernonInTransition@gmail.com.

On Oct. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schubert Centre, there will be an environmental sustainability all-candidates forum to learn about candidates and their vision for a long term future.