Tri-Municipal Region mayors sign MoU on Environmental Sustainability
Collaboration, co-operation themes for Tri-Municipal Region sustainability
On July 31, the mayors of the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County met to sign a new Tri-Municipal Region Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Environmental Sustainability Initiatives and Planning.
The three municipalities, which already have a strong history of working together to promote common interests of the region, have expanded this relationship to include environmental initiatives.
“This Memorandum of Understanding will open the door for discussions on environmental plans and projects,” said Stuart Houston, mayor of Spruce Grove. “By sharing ideas and working together, we will have opportunities to combine resources on initiatives that will benefit the entire region.”
Over the years, each municipality has adopted environmental sustainability plans and strategies, including: the Community Sustainability Plan and the Environmental Stewardship Strategy (Town of Stony Plain); the Sustainability-based Municipal Development Plan, entitled “Your Bright Future" and the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (City of Spruce Grove); and the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (Parkland County).
“We are fortunate to have such a beautiful region to call home,” said Rod Shaigec, mayor of Parkland County. “Through various documents, we have all made the environment a priority and it only makes sense to work together in preserving the area for all our residents.”
Included in the MoU are an Implementation Strategy and Terms of Reference, which outlines how the communities will move forward.
“Qualified staff within our organizations have the experience and knowledge required to guide the process of implementing these important environmental initiatives,” said William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “This MoU provides a strategic framework that will guide inter-municipal collaboration on environmental issues that affect the Tri-Municipal Region. We look forward to the positive results that will come out of this agreement.”
With the MoU signed, the Chief Administrative Officers of the municipalities will appoint staff members from their respective organizations to form the Tri-Municipal Region Environmental Sustainability Working Group. This Working Group will explore projects of mutual priorities and interest and will consult and communicate with councils, administrations and the public on proposed initiatives.
About the Tri-Municipal Region
The Tri-Municipal Region consists of the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County. The three municipalities work together to collaborate on major initiatives designed to enhance service and improve the quality of life for their residents.
For More Information:
- Rudy Zacharias, Corporate Communications Coordinator
Town of Stony Plain
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- Jennifer Hetherington, Manager of Corporate Communications
City of Spruce Grove
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- Jackie Ostashek, Manager, Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
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