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Sustainability Plan

Riverview values a quality of life defined by nature, activity, and respect for our valuable and limited resources. A progressive stance on the issue of sustainability is a part of what makes life here so rewarding. To more fully pursue our sustainability goals, and preserve and develop existing assets, the Town needs a blueprint to follow.

In April 2014, Mayor Ann Seamans appointed a citizen-led committee with the mandate of researching and consulting with the community for the development of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) for the Town of Riverview. 

ICSP Actions to Date

The following list is not exhaustive, but does indicate some of the actions listed under each of the ICSP's 12 systems of strategic priorities have now been accomplished. 

Waste Management 3-stream waste system rolled out to residents and implemented voluntarily at all Town of Riverview facilities, held workshops encouraging multi-unit buildings and commercial properties to participate, new single-use plastic bag ban, added 5 water refill stations in public places to reduce use of plastic water bottles, BYOM (mug) program at all Town festivals and events
Local FoodSupport for a weekly farmers market, a community garden, local food workshops
Built InfrastructureFinancial incentive program for commercial development, support for developments that increase urban density
Culture and ArtsArt Procurement Program to purchase local art for Town facilities, new “Art in the Park” weekly summer event offers platform for local artists to sell and promote their work
EducationHost annual Sustaina-Palooza to bring together multi-industry stakeholders and experts in sustainability (tourism, energy, food production, education, etc.), host workshops on sustainable habits
TransportationPurchase of new Codiac Transpo bus, investments to increase public transit access for Riverview residents, improvements to local trails to support safe and accessible non-motorized transportation
EnergyUpgrades to Town facilities to reduce GHG emissions in municipal operations by 20% by 2025, public education workshops by energy experts held during Sustaina-Palooza 2019
Health and WellnessContinued progress on development of a new community recreation facility which is slated for construction in 2022, improved accessibility for all abilities to Town recreation programs, festivals and events
Local EconomyDevelopment of Riverview Business Collective to improve knowledge sharing and collaboration between small business owners, marketing support for new start-ups, creation of the Chocolate River Cookery granting access to a Class 5 kitchen to food-based start-ups
NatureNew programming and outdoor education activities on the Dobson Trail and in Mill Creek Nature Park to encourage citizens to participate in the protection and celebration of nature, street tree program (one new street tree for every 10m of frontage for all new development)
Recreation and LeisureContinued investments in the Town’s active transportation plan through trail development and additional bike lanes

Held tours of TransAqua to educate on regional wastewater treatment, investment in residential developments to reduce flood risks, workshop and giveaway of 200 rain barrels in partnership with Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance to encourage sustainable irrigation