The SA Tomorrow Sustainability plan was developed from an evaluation of past plans, such as Mission Verde and SA2020, as well as through engagement with the public, an expert steering committee, subject matter experts, key members of City leadership, and the SA Tomorrow comprehensive and transportation planning teams, along with best practice research from around the country.
Through a 14 month planning process, the City of San Antonio engaged more than 4,000 people in the development of the sustainability plan through online engagement, in-person meetings, and public events, including San Antonio’s first annual Sustainability Forum. The Sustainability Plan team strived to achieve a balance in its public engagement efforts by establishing a goal of engaging a representative sample of San Antonians. The Sustainability Planning Team focused its resources for in-person meetings on those traditionally disenfranchised members of the community including the low-income, Hispanic, and young adults.
The Sustainability Steering Committee consisted of 31 professionals representing a diverse group of organizations. The Steering Committee met in-person four times and maintained ongoing communication through an online portal. The focus of the Steering Committee was to help the City identify appropriate goals, strategies, and targets for measures of success for each of the Plan focus areas. The City of San Antonio Leadership Team, which consisted of all the Directors and Deputy Directors within each municipal department, was engaged in the sustainability planning process through two in-person meetings, an online survey, and one on one interviews. Their input was instrumental in developing the Leading By Example strategies that comprise the Municipal Sustainability Plan.