Municipalities in Kings County are hoping to hire a joint sustainability co-ordinator this spring.
The position, which would be staffed by a university student, would constitute a pilot program for 16 weeks through Eco Kings.
Wolfville’s deputy mayor, David Mangle, told Kentville town council recently that he was impressed touring the Halifax and Bridgewater programs.
He said that Acadia University’s sustainability co-ordinator, Jodie Noiles, suggested the four municipalities co-operate to look at energy, waste and financial sustainability.
Acadia graduate Leon de Vreede, who is Bridgewater’s sustainability planner, told Mangle that energy management could save up to $50,000.
Community education, networking and partnerships fit well with the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSPs), he said.
Integrated Community Sustainability Plans are plans that have been developed by all of Nova Scotia's 54 municipalities. They are a reporting requirement of the Municipal Funding Agreement between the province and municipalities, which allow for the transfer of federal gas tax funds for environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects.
Coun. Eric Boland noted that the position would be full time and the coordinator would spend time in each municipality.
"We recognize that this would benefit our citizens,” said Boland.
Coun. Bill Boyd and Deputy Mayor Mark Pearl both spoke supportively and the request was moved to budget deliberations