By way of background, Lee County government developed an award-winning Sustainability Plan in 2012-14, led by the County's Sustainability Office (Tessa LeSage, Director), with assistance from the County Community Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC). A Complete Streets approach was an integral part of the Plan and the CSAC played a key role in the development and oversight of the County's 2009 Complete Streets policy and its implementation plan. In 2014, the County Commission shelved the plan and subsequently disbanded the CSAC and the Sustainability Office.
Last year the County transferred the plan to the SWFL Community Foundation, which hired Tessa to lead its sustainability effort. To the Foundation, sustainability is at the center of everything they do, so taking on this initiative was a good fit. As CEO Sarah Owen says, sustainability is all about quality of life--making SWFL a better place where people want to live, learn, work, and play--now and in the future.
|Darla Letourneau presents award to Foundation's Tessa LeSage|
|CEO Sarah Owen|
- BWL Blog, Jan. 22, 2016: Southwest Florida Community Foundation honored as 2015 'Complete Streets Champion of the Year'
- October 10, 2014: Call to Action! Step up to save Sustainability Plan that supports safer streets in Lee
- June 12, 2014: Commissioners asked to reaffirm commitment to sustainability In Lee County
- June 14, 2013: Lee County business and community leaders talk about importance of sustainability for community
- October 12, 2012: Lee County's team one of 10 communities across the country selected to participate in prestigious Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy
Report by Darla Letourneau