Our Mission & Vision

“Sustainability” is a state in which the demands placed on our earth by people and commerce can be met in ways that allow the earth to continue to provide thriving systems that will support future generations. It provides a lens through which decisions are made by including the dimensions of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic resilience.

Our Mission

The 4 Pillars of Sustainable Cobourg

Sustainable Cobourg will:

  • Actively promote change toward sustainability.
  • Promote and support research and innovation in Cobourg in the field of sustainability.
  • Plan and implement sustainable practices and activities throughout Cobourg and its neighbours.
  • Encourage and facilitate the involvement of all Cobourg residents in applying the principles, methods, and practices of sustainability.

Our Vision

Our vision is Cobourg and its neighbours as sustainable communities; embracing environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic resilience as fundamentals in their decision making process and actions.

Did You Know?

Packed into standard shipping containers and placed end-to-end, municipal solid waste generated in one year would wrap around the globe 25 times. This is unsustainable! What is your community doing to target waste reduction? - un.org

Adopting sustainable practices, whether large or small, can have significant impacts in the long run. If every office worker in the United Kingdom used one less staple a day by using a reusable paper clip, 120 tonnes of steel would be saved in one year.

So far in 2022, Depave Paradise has depaved 15 asphalt pavements! Since 2012 this group has completed 80 projects across 32 Canadian cities covering 76,384 square metres of unused paved surfaces into beautiful community green spaces with native grasses, flowers and trees. What an amazing sustainable action to capture carbon, a Greenhouse gas, and create a welcoming ecological ‘paradise’ for our monarchs and bees and of course, for us. Well done. This is a project of Green Communities Canada.

In 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity put the precautionary principle to work.

In 1987, the Brundtland Report consolidated decades of work on sustainable development.

The First World Climate Conference happened in 1979 and opened up the science of climate change.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank