About the State of Rossland Report

Welcome to the State of Rossland Report where we report in on 32 unique indicators to help us track our path toward sustainability and the implementation of our Strategic Sustainability Plan.

As part of the Strategic Sustainability Plan, the Visions to Action Sustainability Commission has been requested to establish a comprehensive sustainability monitoring program. The purpose of the State of Rossland project is to monitor and report on Rossland’s sustainability progress and the implementation of the Strategic Sustainability Plan.

In 2009, Rossland received funding from Columbia Basin Trust to develop this sustainability monitoring program. The goal of the project was to develop a set of indicators to measure Rossland's progress towards sustainability and implementation of our Strategic Sustainability Plan. A key element of this was to develop a set of Rossland specific sustainability indicators based on public input, collect data for those indicators and prepare a State of Rossland Report.  The report will then be updated every 3 to 6 years to provide us with the ability to analyze trends and track our progress towards sustainability. 

The project proceeded in three key steps.  In Step One, we developed a set of sustainability indicators.  In Step Two, we collected the readily available data and prepared the 2010 State of Rossland Report and Website.  Step Three included a poster campaign, collecting community data regarding six indicators through the State of Rossland Indicator Survey in which 280 Rosslanders participated, and a community grading process in which 70 Rossland told us how Rossland is doing with regard to the 32 State of Rossland indicators. The final 2010 State of Rossland report has now been produced and is available here online. Hard copies are available for viewing at City Hall and at the Rossland library.

Columbia Basin Trust's State of the Basin project has been used as a model in the creation of this project. Many of the indicators included in the State of the Basin model have been incorporated into our program. These indicators have been enhanced by a set of Rossland-specific indicators.