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Goal & Guiding Principles

Goal of Sustainable Jamestown

Sustainable Jamestown envisions a livable and resilient community that encourages and supports practices that promote a high quality of life for today’s residents as well as future generations. Sustainability is not an end goal but a philosophy that all Jamestowners are encouraged to embrace for the benefit of social equity, environmental health, and a thriving economy. The Town of Jamestown recognizes that our island resources are treasured yet finite, a healthy economy is essential to our quality of life, our quality of life is worth preserving, and our residents are forward-thinking, creative, diverse, passionate, and an asset to our community.

Guiding Principles

1.       Make the Sustainable Choice

The concept of sustainability is considered in all Town decisions and policies.  Most of the efforts required to make Jamestown more sustainable are voluntary actions from residents and business owners. Wherever it can, the Town will lead by example and implement sustainability measures and practices to demonstrate the benefits to the community as a whole.

2.       Learn and Adapt

Information and research on many sustainability issues are evolving quickly, emergencies can occur, and funding opportunities can always shift.  The Town will strive to be nimble, learning and adapting based on real world experiences and technology shifts, and not getting stuck doing things a certain way because that’s the way they’ve always been done. 

3.       Find the Critical Path

The Town’s available financial and human resources are limited.  In an ideal world, we could tackle all of these issues at once, but we must be strategic and set priorities to follow a “critical path.”

4.       Hear and Engage All Voices

The Town recognizes that it takes the collective efforts of its residents to make its vision a reality, and it should provide information and opportunities for the public to be part of the decision-making process. Equally, residents have a responsibility to be informed, involved, and engaged in the direction of their community.

5.       Build a Shared Culture of Sustainability

To help cultivate a shared responsibility towards sustainability, the Town will also emphasize educational opportunities to support public awareness, responsibility, volunteerism, and cooperation with other organizations in town. The Town will encourage all members of the Jamestown community, including full- and part-time residents, visitors and tourists, community groups, businesses, and schools, to share in a culture that cares about its impacts on the island.

6.       Recognize that No Island is an Island

Jamestown may literally be an island, but it is tied in many ways to the rest of Rhode Island, New England, and, indeed, the world. Being surrounded by Narragansett Bay, life in Jamestown is ever-linked to it, and it plays an important role to life on the island. The Bay is also an important environmental, economic, and cultural resource in the region and the state. Therefore, what happens in Jamestown cannot be separated from this broader context. Partnerships are encouraged to achieve our sustainability goals.