The completion of this Community Sustainability Plan (CSP) shows that the District is dedicated to creating a well balanced community that is able to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs of future generations. The CSP will provide the District with guidance to move the community towards sustainability. It will act as a resource for the District, community organizations and business interests to use while planning a course for Sparwood that meets the needs of the current residents and considers the needs of future generations.
Sparwood is a community greatly influenced by natural resources. Its reason for existence is due to the straight tall timbers in the area, hence the name Sparwood and the coal mining industry.
Sustainability is viewed as a systems concept connecting the cultural, social, environmental, economic and governance aspects of local municipal development, affecting every level of organizations from a local neighbourhood to the entire planet. These aspects are called the pillars of sustainability. Sustainability is defined as a process, which meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.