Victoria, BC - The winners of the Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS) Policy Briefs draw were announced today by the Capital Regional District (CRD). Winners responded to online questions designed to consult with the public on policy options for the RSS. Nine prizes were awarded, which included a backyard composter, bus tickets, one month YMCA pass, water saving showerhead, gift baskets of local sustainable products, and gift certificate for a restaurant showcasing local produce.
The CRD decided to review its Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) in 2008, at which point it was decided that the growth strategy would be transitioned to a sustainability strategy. The RSS Policy Briefs were developed through a study of existing RGS targets and goals, with a view to the future.
Consultation on the RSS will continue through early February 2011, after which the RSS will be drafted, using public input on the Policy Briefs. The new RSS will provide leadership and direction on the built environment, natural systems and social resilience, addressing important and emerging issues facing the region's communities. Additional consultation on the draft RSS will occur later in 2011.
The RSS portal, will continue to provide an opportunity for public input and comment on the nine policy briefs until the consultation period ends, at which point a second draw will occur.
“Residents deserve special thanks for responding and engaging in the consultation on the policy options and we are pleased to offer a range of sustainable prizes in the spirit of participation,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “I would like to encourage all residents to become involved in the RSS process. It is an excellent opportunity to have a say in shaping the future of the region.”
More information on the RSS and the policy briefs can be found here.
For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Capital Regional District