Sustainability Action Plan

The town formally enacted the Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) in June 2011 to set specific, attainable goals, objectives, and policies to protect, conserve, and improve the environment and our community.      

The SAP is the town’s first effort to combine existing and future sustainable initiatives into one unified framework that draws upon social, environmental, and economic development tools.

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Plan Guide

Within each chapter, there are Targets, with Objectives under each Target, and Actions to help complete the Objectives. Each Action is characterizes as having a short (one to two years), mid (three to four years), or long (five to six years) term implementation horizon.

The SAP Action Prioritization Matrix, at the end of the SAP in Appendix C compiles all of the action points that define the way objectives are completed. Please review the SAP and Prioritization Matrix to see how the Town plans to continue it's commitment to sustainable development and how you can become a part of it!


The Preface serves as a prelude to the SAP, explaining our commitment to Sustainable Development and our early commitments to greening the community.  The SAP mission Statement states that: SAP circle

This Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) outlines the way the Town of Davie plans to achieve future growth that is Sustainable while carefully maintaining the rural atmosphere that makes Davie unique. This will be done by building capacity within the Town, by conserving energy and natural resources within municipal operations, and by providing Sustainability related education outreach and support to the community.

        The SAP is more than just a document. The goal of the SAP is to create a foundation for a system that draws from baseline data. It contains policies and procedures, and features innovative programs that will help the Town become more sustainable over time.


The SAP is divided into four chapters, the first is an introduction, and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chapters focuses on a specific part of the Town's Sustainable Development.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Standard Action Plan steps to evaluation, with arrowThe Introduction outlines the planning and original steps taken in the formation of the Sustainability Action Plan. The planning process of the SAP was designed to uncover answers to three fundamental questions as they related to Sustainable Development: 

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where do we want to go?
  3. How do we get there?
  4. How can we improve?        

Chapter 2 - Institutional Capacity

Institutional Capacity refers to the ability of an organization to produce results required to meet targets and objectives. The Town of Davie identified seven areas where it wishes to improve institutional capacity. These areas include: Action plan pyramid

  • Communication
  • Data management
  • Financing
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Recognition
  • Strengthening existing leadership
  • Training

Improvement in these areas will help the Town manage the additional workload the SAP will generate and ensure that the plan does more than just “sit on the shelf.”

Chapter 3 - Municipal Operations

Municipal Operations refers to all of the operations that are controlled directly by the Town. A baseline energy use and greenhouse gas town hallemissions inventory was conducted to assess how much energy is used across various departments.Based on this information, the Town identified areas where it plans to make meaningful reductions to operational costs and environmental impacts. These areas will target:

  • Existing Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Fleet
  • New Construction

Chapter 4 - Planning and Community Development

Planning and Community Development's intent is to build upon existing work completed to incentivize and facilitate sustainability in the residential and business communities.This will be done by focusing on planning and policy and by developing an education and outreach program that will be complete by 2016. Specific targets for this include:

  • Education and outreach
  • Planning and policy
  • Urban forestry
  • Vegetation cover