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'We are determined to make Rutland the cleanest and greenest county in Britain. We will endeavour to pass on our en...
'We are determined to make Rutland the cleanest and greenest county in Britain. We will endeavour to pass on our environment to future generations in a better condition than it is today'

- Rutland CC's Environmental Statement

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio drew up a framework for future action on sustainable development across the globe, and local authorities from the UK played a key role.

Sustainable development aims to achieve economic development and rising standards of living whilst protecting and enhancing the environment.

Local authorities have a crucial role to play in sustainable development because of the wide range of important functions they have, such as education, planning, transport and environmental management. They are also well placed to influence others and to co-ordinate with business, government and other bodies, and are major employers and consumers in their own right.

Rutland CC's involvement in the Local Agenda 21 processes have been pulled together in a single document, called 'Towards a Sustainable Rutland'.

It sets out who is involved in Local Agenda 21 in Rutland, the work that is already going on, and the ways in which the council can ensure that all of its policies fit in with the ideas of sustainable development.

Rutland's environmental coordinator Fiona Spence said: 'At the moment Rutland enjoys a relatively clean and healthy environment compared to many larger towns and cities, but with the increased demand for more houses, more roads and an increase in the amount of rubbish we produce, the impact on the environment and our quality of life is being changed. This book outlines the ways in which Rutland CC will ensure that future generations can enjoy an even better Rutland than we enjoy today.'

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