ICSPs are developed through high levels of public and employee engagement, often using new and innovative processes and tools. As a result, they can generate significant enthusiasm as well as raise expectations for the level and quality of engagement in community decision-making. The guide summarizes the leading practice for Engage as: Educate, connect and inspire elected officials, staff, community members and stakeholders through meaningful and innovative engagement.
Below are links to the tools, case studies and examples mentioned in the guide. UNSM's Municipal Sustainability Office invites municipalities wishing to share their own resources and tools on this page to submit them by email to .
Below are links to the tools, case studies and examples mentioned in the guide. UNSM's Municipal Sustainability Office invites municipalities wishing to share their own resources and tools on this page to submit them by email to
The Natural Step Canada Sustainability Education
The Natural Step Canada has a number of free toolkits in English and French, including:
- The Sustainability Primer is written for a general audience and provides an overview of key sustainability issues, drivers and ideas.
- The Natural Step Sustainability At Home provides practical tips and resources for citizens to apply at home.
These can be downloaded for free at www.naturalstep.ca
Community Engagement Guides and Examples
Excellent guides for municipal engagement include:
- Digital Sustainability Conversations: How Local Governments Can Engage Residents Online is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide and toolkit prepared for Albany, New York and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
- Alberta Municipal Affairs’ Public Input Toolkit (4.5 MB) is a comprehensive reference guide for in-person and digital (online) engagement.
- Foundations for Success: A Strategy to Improve Civic Engagement (4.7 MB) is the City of Victoria’s (BC) municipal engagement strategy and provides an overview of when, why and how it engages citizens and stakeholders.
- The Canadian Institute of Planners developed A Kids Guide To Building Great Communities which provides ideas and examples for planners and educators on how to engage kids in community initiatives.