The City of Windsor serves over 210,000 residents and operates numerous facilities. The State of the Environment has become a priority for many Canadians. For example, an Ipsos-Reid Study conducted in November 2006 showed that for the first time since 1990, the environment was the top issue for many Canadians (26 percent) ahead of issues such as healthcare/medicare (24 percent).
Environmental Attitudes Survey
In September 2005, the City of Windsor decided to undertake an Environmental Attitudes Survey. The purpose of the survey was to ensure that the concerns of the residents were included in the Environmental Master Plan.
To attain statistically defensible results and to reach out to residents who might not otherwise participate in public consultation events, the survey included 504 telephone surveys, as well as public open houses.
The findings of the survey were used to develop the goals of the Environmental Master Plan.
See the complete Environmental Attitudes Survey.
Environmental Master Plan
The purpose of the EMP is to set out a series of potential actions for the municipality to take, over the short and long term, to improve the City's environment. Most of the actions suggested in the EMP are related to the Corporation of the City of Windsor's activities and operations. The EMP was developed to focus on the City's operations so that the City of Windsor may lead by example for residents, industry and stakeholders.
The EMP is directly linked to the Community Strategic Plan and other Master Planning documents and provides a framework for the City's environmental decisions. The strategic direction for the EMP reflects the sentiments described above and reads:
- "The City of Windsor is committed to being a leader through its daily actions and services to enhance the environment for present and future generations."
The EMP was developed with extensive input from residents and stakeholders who are interested in and concerned about Windsor's environmental future.
The five goals of the EMP are:
- Improve Our Air and Water Quality
- Create Healthy Communities
- Green Windsor
- Use Resources Efficiently
- Promote Awareness
See the complete Environmental Master Plan.