Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Scottsdale Demonstrates the Reality of Sustainability

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Scottsdale Demonstrates the Reality of Sustainability

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NLC's Leadership Training Institute conducted its first mobile workshop during NLC's 1995 Congress of Cities. Forty five participants were bussed from the Phoenix Civic Center, away from the traditional workshop or conference format, to the Scottsdale Public Library.

"I took this seminar because I knew it would get me out of the convention center. I was hoping to get a breath of fresh air at the same time I learned something," said one of the participants at the pre-conference workshop, "Sustainability: Buzz Word or Bonanza?"

Vision Before Product

The library's auditorium served as the starting point for the opening session of the workshop. Richard Bowers, Scottsdale's City Manager, who facilitated the workshop is a man with a vision. Bowers told participants at the seminar, "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Together with the citizens, businesses and institutions of Scottsdale, Bowers had helped his community develop its own unique "Shared Vision" through an 18-month visioning process. Bowers believes that, "Only in building community understanding of what it means to assure a sustainable future will we encourage everyone to think beyond today in order to leave something better for those who come after us."

One of the themes that emerged from the shared vision was that the Sonoran desert is an integral part of the community and needs to be preserved. …

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