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Finally, the Design Workshop team questioned how Whistler is going to reinvent its next level in the lifecycle.

Rebecca Zimmerman, the principal-in-charge of Design Workshop, said that successful resorts have a clear community-held vision that capitalizes on strong natural resources.

"You have a kick-ass frontier spirit," she told the group.

Indeed, all four companies recognized Whistler as a place that is on the cutting edge with the sustainability idea.

"I think it's such an exciting process," said Wake. "I guess it was really encouraging to hear virtually all of the teams say that Whistler is well-positioned to do this... I see us as having tremendous potential for being leaders in sustainability."

Zeidler says that the roots for the plan are already in place. And he asked the teams about their experience and knowledge of The Natural Step Framework, if they did not address that point in their presentation.

"It's important to remember that a lot of the work as far as where this community wants to go has already been done," said Zeidler. "The direction is clear. It's time to implement it now more than anything else... (The Natural Step Framework) is what we're building the sustainability initiative in this community around."

Council will be choosing the team that will lead Whistler in its Comprehensive Sustainability Plan at a special meeting on Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

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