The Sustainability Planner position was a grant funded position through the Park Foundation. The Sustainability Planner was a shared position between the Towns of Ithaca and Dryden, and the Town of Ithaca administered the grant.
Envisioning Dryden: What Will Our Future Look Like?
The Town of Dryden has embarked on a community-wide effort to develop a vision for the Town focused on building a strong local economy, a vibrant, healthy community, and a protected, thriving natural environment. Through this community-visioning initiative, which we’re calling “Envisioning Dryden,” we want to connect with all members of the community and hear about what kind of place you hope Dryden will be in the future and how the Town can take the lead in making that vision a reality.
All sectors of the community can be a part of this process as we collectively create a vision for the community, and we invite you to brainstorm, share ideas, and help set goals for the Town. With your help and participation, the entire community can collaborate to create a plan that integrates the values, hopes, and concerns of its citizens into Town policy and decision-making activities as a way to ensure a strong, resilient future.
Where are we at Today?
The “Dryden Community Snapshot” was undertaken to give us a starting point, a baseline that helps us to see where we are today as a way to start thinking about what we appreciate about our community, the changes we would like to see, and the roadmap for getting there. In general, the report revealed what many of us already know: Dryden is a great place to live, with high levels of education and job opportunities within the region, strong social ties, and a naturally beautiful, scenic landscape rooted in a rich, agricultural tradition.
For a summary of the key findings of the report, click here
To read the entire report, click here
Getting Involved: We Can’t do it Without You
Over the coming months, we will be working with community groups and organizations throughout Dryden to build this vision. We will hold several community workshops and we hope you will join us. Check back soon for the schedule.
Your neighbors and friends have been speaking up, too. Here’s what they have to say about their vision of Dryden:
“Dryden is a place where people will be thriving and enjoying life and each other’scompany in peace, health, and plenty.”
“Self-reliant without being a burden on your neighbor.”
“Local, green, natural, affordable, equitable, community pride.”
“Living or operating within the means provided with the ability to save for future use.”
“It is not spending more money and buying more things to create less energy. It is learning and knowing how to simply use less energy.”
“Practice-based on current technology that benefit us now and future generations in a positive manner.”
Dryden in the News
Planning a Sustainable Future for Dryden (Ithaca Times)
Read the interview with Dryden’s (Former) Sustainability Planner, Katie Stoner, to learn more about Dryden’s efforts to become a more sustainable community.
Dryden’s sustainability effort was featured on the local radio program, “All Things Equal,” on November 16th. To listen to the podcast click here and search for the link titled: Sustainability Planning–Nov. 16, 2010
What we’re doing:
We are working to create a plan and a planning process that will integrate sustainability principles into Town policy and decision-making activities to guide the Town of Dryden towards the measurement and achievement of a sustainable future by accomplishing the following goals:
- Define sustainability at the town level by identifying and creating a baseline of sustainability indicators
- Set goals for progress toward a more sustainable future derived from the baseline
- Create an action plan to implement practices, activities, and policies that will support the achievementof sustainability goals
- Create a system by which sustainability can be tracked, progress bench marked, and reported upon
We recognize that the town government will play a leadership role in directing efforts. However, all members of the community – whether an individual, a business, an organization, or an institution – can and should play a part in the sustainability planning process. We’re depending on you to engage with us as we work toward a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future for the Town of Dryden.